UPDATE: Jovane Clarke was targeted
Toronto Police updated the case surrounding the murder of Jovane Clarke .
The 22 year old was shot dead at close range inside Sheridan Mall last Thursday.
Police are still looking for four suspects, but have a description of their vehicle they believe followed to the Mall before they ambushed him after he returned to his vehicle. The car is described as a dark coloured sedan.
According to Det. Sgt. Mike Carbone, the suspect vehicle was near Clarke’s home in the Tandridge Crescent area for up to an hour before the shooting last Thursday. Carbone adds that the suspect vehicle was then observed following Clark as he drove eastbound along Albion Road and Wilson Avenue, eventually arriving in the parking lot on the south side of the mall.
One of the suspects then chased Clarke inside the mall and shot him multiple times before fleeing the scene.
Carbone described the homicide as an “overkill,” noting that “multiple shots” were fired both outside and inside the mall.
“At this point the motive is only known to the offenders,” Carbone told reporters on Wednesday. “We are continuing to follow up with every witness that we possibly can and my appeal today is to anyone who was in the parking lot that day or who knows these offenders or who has any type of surveillance footage of the shooting or this vehicle.”
Police have released two surveillance camera images of the suspect vehicle in the hopes that someone may recognize it.
Investigators are also looking into whether there could be a link between Clarke’s murder and the fatal shooting of 34-year-old Awad Hurre near Arcot Boulevard and Tandridge Crescent on Saturday night.
Police had previously confirmed that four suspects opened fire on Hurre in a “targeted attack.”
“The lines of communication are constantly open between our team and the team that is involved in that homicide case,” Carbone said. “We aren’t linking them at this point; however that is something we may consider once we have some evidentiary basis to do so.”
Carbone confirmed that investigators continue to review surveillance camera footage from the North York Sheridan Mall and may eventually release some of that footage to the public if it is determined that it will “move the investigation forward.”
Investigators are “following up on every possible lead,” including “potential gang connections.”
Police previously said that Clarke was not known to them.
with files from CP24