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On Friday, April 21, 2017, at approximately 9:30 p.m., two armed men approached a car parked at a strip mall at the corner of Dufferin Street and Bowie Avenue in York, Toronto. They repeatedly shot the driver at point-blank range and fled the area through nearby backyards.
The victim, Leonard Pinnock, was pronounced dead at the scene. Pinnock’s killing was a random attack: Toronto Police Service reported there was nothing in his background to suggest he was the intended target. He was from Hamilton and had driven one of his friends to Toronto as a favour. Pinnock worked as a courier, a barber, and a DJ. He was also the father of a young daughter.
Video footage, along with tips from community members, helped investigators identify one of the two suspects. Akil Kamal Whyte is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for first-degree murder. He must be considered armed and extremely dangerous.
Whyte is from Toronto and has numerous connections in the Greater Toronto Area. He is also wanted for charges laid in connection with the Project Kronic investigation, which targeted the Driftwood Crips gang.
Anyone offering Whyte assistance in evading arrest may be considered an accessory after the fact. Section 240 of the Criminal Code of Canada states that “everyone who is an accessory after the fact to murder is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life.”