Toronto po­lice re­lease video of Hamil­ton man’s mur­der

Fa­ther and DJ was am­bushed while sit­ting in his car

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - AN­DREW PALAMARCHUK

Toronto Po­lice have re­leased se­cu­rity video of the shoot­ing death of a 33-year-old Hamil­ton man last month.

Leonard Pin­nock, 33, was sit­ting in his car wait­ing for a friend in a park­ing lot at Duf­ferin Street and Bowie Av­enue in York when two men came up to him and opened fire at 9:30 p.m. on April 22.

“They ap­proach the ve­hi­cle in what I be­lieve (is) a chore­ographed man­ner,” Det. Sgt. Joyce Schertzer told re­porters at Toronto po­lice head­quar­ters Thurs­day.

“This is seem­ingly un­pro­voked. There is no ex­change; there is no con­tact be­tween the of­fend­ers and Mr. Pin­nock.”

Pin­nock, a fa­ther and DJ, was pro­nounced dead on scene and was Toronto’s 18th mur­der vic­tim of the year.

“He trav­elled to this lo­ca­tion as a favour to a friend,” Schertzer said. “There is noth­ing to sug­gest in Mr. Pin­nock’s back­ground a rea­son for any mo­tive.”

Pin­nock, dressed in all red, had been in the area wait­ing for his friend for a while be­fore he was mur­dered.

When asked about the pos­si­bil­ity that the shoot­ers may have as­so­ci­ated Pin­nock with a gang be­cause of his red cloth­ing, Schertzer said, “I can’t con­firm or deny that.”

Un­til the shoot­ers are ar­rested, said Schertzer, “a lot of ques­tions may still be unan­swered with re­gards to mo­tive.”

Shortly af­ter the mur­der, po­lice asked area res­i­dents to check their back­yards for “dis­carded items” that might be car­ried in a pocket, such as keys or cell­phones.

Schertzer said the com­mu­nity was “ex­tremely co-op­er­a­tive” with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“But the peo­ple that I’m try­ing to reach are the in­ner cir­cle of th­ese two of­fend­ers, their friends and fam­ily,” she said.

“They know who th­ese two in­di­vid­u­als are, and I’m ask­ing them to call po­lice, to call in­ves­ti­ga­tors. Give us their names. I want th­ese two in­di­vid­u­als ex­posed. I want them iden­ti­fied.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call 13 Divi­sion at 416-8081300, the homi­cide squad at 416808-7400 or Crime Stop­pers anony­mously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

Give us their names. I want th­ese two in­di­vid­u­als ex­posed. I want them iden­ti­fied. DET. SGT. JOYCE SCHERTZER

Leonard Pin­nock was shot to death in April.

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