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No motive for shooting that killed Toronto teacher: police

Toronto police say there is no motive for a triple shooting that killed a 31-year-old supply teacher and seriously injured two others Tuesday.

Det. Sgt. Steve Ryan said that they do not believe that teacher Abshir Hassan, nor the two other people – a 22-year-old man and a 18-year-old woman – were targeted.

“There’s absolutely no motive for the shooting,” he said. “It’s too early for us to make those conclusions right now but I can say with 100 per cent confidence that I don’t believe any of these people were targeted.”

The three victims were shot multiple times outside a low-rise apartment building at 11 Flemington Rd., near Lawrence Avenue West and the Allen Road, at 12:15 a.m. on Tuesday.

Police say Hassan was attending the party of a friend and had gone outside to move his vehicle when he was shot.

“[Hassan] went out to move his car because he had dropped a friend off at the party and his car was parked in the fire route and he was concerned about getting it tagged,” said Ryan. “When he left the party and went outside all three were fired at.”

Police said a vehicle pulled up on the roadway just outside the apartment building and “multiple shots were fired.”

Ryan called the shooting troubling.

“This is a crime that we all should be concerned about,” he said. “These are three young people minding their own business, celebrating a birthday party and were shot.”

Police have collected security video from the area to assist in their investigation but are still asking for any witnesses to come forward.

“At this point all and any information will help us,” said Ryan. “There’s plenty of cameras around here and we’re getting great cooperation from the housing authority.”