A man was killed outside a popular restaurant in Mississauga early Sunday, police say, in the second fatal shooting in Peel Region in as many days.
Police were called to the parking lot of Wally’s Restaurant on Hurontario Street near Central Parkway W. — a favourite spot among the late-night crowd — at 2:30 a.m. for reports of gunfire. The diner-style eatery, open until 3 a.m. most nights, was busy at the time.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, paramedics said. Police are still working to positively identify him and notify his next of kin, said Const. Akhil Mooken.
Officers at the scene spoke to several witnesses and canvassed the area for security camera video, he said. Peel police’s homicide unit has taken control of the investigation.
Police did not have a suspect description available in the hours following the shooting.
Investigators are appealing for anyone with information or with relevant video from between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday to come forward.
The long weekend has proven to be a violent few days in Peel. On Saturday, a 39-year-old man was shot to death during what police said was a robbery in Brampton.
Meanwhile, a few hours earlier, a 28-year-old man was shot on the second floor of a hotel in Mississauga.
Last week, the federal government committed $54 million to Ontario to help police forces and prosecutors across the province combat gun violence.
“Unfortunately, we have recently seen across the country, and in particular in the Greater Toronto Area, an increase of violent gun crime and gang activity,” said Bill Blair, minister of crime reduction, at the announcement at Peel police headquarters.
“It is affecting our communities and it is affecting how Canadians live their lives.”