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Graphic video shows Toronto man gunned down in apartment lobby

Last Updated Sep 19, 2017 at 12:57 pm EDT

A video released by Toronto police shows two men firing several shots at Anthony Soares on Sept. 14, 2017. Police released the video on Sept. 19, 2017. YOUTUBE/Toronto Police Service

Toronto police have released graphic video showing a man – a friend of rapper Drake – being gunned down in the city’s east end last Thursday.

Anthony Soares, 33, was found in the lobby of an apartment building on Glamorgan Avenue, near Kennedy Road and Progress Avenue, around 3 a.m. on Sept. 14.

Police said he was shot multiple times at close range. He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to police, Soares got out of a car and walked in the lobby when he was approached by two suspects armed with handguns.

On Tuesday, police released video that shows two men running toward a building and firing multiple shots at Soares through the glass doors.

WARNING: The video may be disturbing to some viewers.

Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux said he is hoping the video will spur the public to identify the alleged shooters and reveal the motive behind the killing.

“It certainly was very targeted … it was very focused … Soares was clearly the target of the attack,” Giroux said at a news conference on Tuesday.

“The deceased is trapped between the suspects and the interior door. The deceased falls to the floor of the foyer. The suspects continue to fire at (him) while he is lying on the floor.”

The two suspects then jump back in their car – which police identified as a Ford Fusion – and fled the scene. Police released security camera video that shows the car and two people, believed to be the suspects, getting in it.

Investigators have a partial licence plate of the car but did not release that information at the news conference.

Police said a friend of Soares was in another car when the shooting happened. He drove away but later returned to the scene and called police. Police said the friend is cooperating with investigators.

Giroux said Drake was a friend of Soares and many of the victim’s family members have met the rapper. Drake even posted an emotional message on Instagram.

“RIP to one of our family members … our brother … I still can’t even believe this morning was real. It was a honor to have shared years together and I will always keep your memory alive. Forever Fif,” the post reads.

Police are appealing to Drake to help any way he can with the investigation.