OSORIO email@example.com_county.toronto.toronto_star 2007-01-02 published
Arrest in first 2007 homicide
Photos By Carlos OSORIO / Toronto Star
Police said Jean SPRINGER was shot in the face after answering the door at her home on Snowball Cres. near Neilson Rd. and Sheppard Ave. E. SPRINGER, who was in her 60s, was pronounced dead at hospital. The slaying is Toronto's first homicide of 2007.
Victim one of four hit by gunshots as 2007 gets off to a violent start in Toronto
By Isabel TEOTONIO, Joanna SMITH and Thulasi SRIKANTHAN, Staff Reporters
It is January 2, only two days into the New Year, and police are already busy investigating a string of shootings throughout the city that left one woman dead and three other people injured.
A man arrested in connection with Toronto's first homicide of 2007 appeared in a Scarborough courthouse this morning wearing an orange jumpsuit and looking dishevelled.
Altaf IBRAHIM, 26, made a brief court appearance after a lengthy delay. He is charged with first-degree murder. Also in the courtroom were three of his male relatives, but they refused to speak with reporters.
Toronto police arrested the man after the shooting death Monday of Jean SPRINGER, 60, in her Malvern home around 2: 30 p.m.
SPRINGER was shot in the face and killed when she opened the door of her home to a caller, believed to be a friend of her son's.
During the wee hours of this morning, another woman was shot, reportedly in the face, in an Etobicoke high-rise.
Emergency crews were called to the 20th floor of the building on Weston Rd. near Lawrence Ave. W. at about 1 a.m., where they found a woman, about 20 years old, suffering from gunshot wounds, police said.
Police would not comment on the extent of her injuries, but said the homicide squad has been called in to monitor the case. She is in hospital and fighting for her life.
Investigators do not have a suspect at this time and the victim's name is being withheld until her family has been notified, police said.
A couple of hours later, around 3: 20 a.m., two men were shot in the leg as doormen were in the process of kicking them out of a downtown Toronto nightclub.
Police are investigating if one of the victims was the shooter and if a doorman was the intended target.
One shooting victim is 19 and the other is around the same age.
Police were called to the Kool Haus, which is part of The Guvernment entertainment complex on Queens Quay E. at Lower Jarvis Street, after shots rang out near the entrance to the club, where a private event was being held.
The two men, who are Friends, were part of a larger group being ejected by security because of a fight that had broken out. Gunfire erupted just outside the Jarvis St. entrance.
One victim tried to flee in a taxi, but moments later it was stopped by police. The other was found at the scene.
Each was transported with non-life threatening injuries to hospital, where they are currently under police watch.
Charges have not been laid against the men.
Anyone with information is asked to call 416-222-8477.
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