The fast rising rapper, Houdini was one of three people – a woman, 27, and a 15-year-old boy were the two other victims – taken to hospital with injuries but he was pronounced dead.
Toronto Police believe it was targeted shooting after gunfire broke out outside the hotel sometime after 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
Toronto Police, Chief Mark Saunders described the shooting as “very brazen” and revealed cops responded to reports of gunfire yesterday evening. Saunders said;
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders called the shooting “very brazen” and revealed cops responded to reports of gunfire at around 4pm yesterday.
He claimed the attack was planned and suspects had been waiting in their car for around 40 minutes before opening fire.
Saunders explained: “It turns out the suspect vehicle, based on the evidence we have right now, was waiting for about forty minutes for the occupants of another vehicle to arrive to their vehicle.
“When they did, the suspect vehicle made a U-turn, came out, and started firing at this group of individuals.”
He went on: “This was very brazen, this offence that took place,” he said. “However, it’s very solvable…
“There was a driver of the suspect vehicle and we know that the shooter got out on the passenger side.”
He believes the gunman exited the vehicle and let off the shots before climbing back into the car and driving off.
A witness told CP24 : “What we heard was like a bunch of fireworks. There were lots of echoes – about six to 10 shots. It was quite startling and then you hear all the sirens afterwards.
“I think a lot of people have power outages in this area too, so people were out for a walk I guess. It’s quite shocking to see in this area.”
A firearm was recovered from the scene and police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Houdini was one of Canada’s most streamed independent rappers with 19.2 million plays on Spotify in 2019.
He is best known for tracks including Late Nights, Myself and Backseats.