Man found dead, woman rushed to hospital after shooting in Scarborough

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An undated image of Keron Brathwaite, 27, released by police. Brathwaite died in a shooting early Friday that is now the subject of a homicide investigation. (Toronto Police Service - image credit)
An undated image of Keron Brathwaite, 27, released by police. Brathwaite died in a shooting early Friday that is now the subject of a homicide investigation. (Toronto Police Service - image credit)

A man is dead and a woman is in hospital after a double shooting in a residential area of Scarborough early Friday, Toronto police say.

The man has been identified as Keron Brathwaite, 27, from Toronto. He and a woman were discovered inside a car with gunshot wounds near the intersection of Scarborough Golf Club Road and Lawrence Avenue East, according to the Toronto Police Service.

Insp. Ishmail Musah said the shooting took place around 1:16 a.m. on Friday morning. Brathwaite was pronounced dead on the scene while the woman was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The pair were sitting in a black Mercedes sedan parked outside a townhouse complex at the time, Musah added. Photos from the scene show multiple bullet holes in the passenger-side window.

The pair were in a Mercedes sedan parked outside a townhouse complex at the time of the shooting, police say. Images from the scene show the vehicle riddled with bullet holes.
The pair were in a Mercedes sedan parked outside a townhouse complex at the time of the shooting, police say. Images from the scene show the vehicle riddled with bullet holes.(Jeremy Cohn/CBC)

Brathwaite is the 25th homicide victim in Toronto this year. The woman's name has not been released but she is believed to be in her mid-20s.

A GoFundMe page has since been launched for Brathwaite's family to cover funeral costs. He studied at the University of Windsor from 2013-18 and played on the university's basketball team, according to his social media accounts and the University of Windsor website.

Police looking for witnesses or video footage

The Toronto police homicide unit has taken over the investigation. Police are asking anyone with dashcam or security video, or any information about the shooting, to contact investigators at 43 Division.

Musah said police are hopeful there were witnesses, given how many people live in the area.

"There should be lots of witnesses and hopefully some security video as well," he said from the scene.