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TORONTO: Joel Alexander killed in daylight drive-by shooting

Police identify man killed in Entertainment District

Joel Alexander, 28, was killed Friday afternoon in an apparent daylight drive-by on Friday afternoon, police say.

 Police released this photo Dec. 12 of Joel Alexander, 28, who identified as the victim in Dec. 11's fatal shooting on Peter St. in Toronto.SUPPLIED PHOTO

Police released this photo Dec. 12 of Joel Alexander, 28, who identified as the victim in Dec. 11’s fatal shooting on Peter St. in Toronto.

A man who died in hospital following a daylight drive-by shooting in the Entertainment District on Friday has been identified as 28-year-old Joel Alexander.

At a press conference near the crime scene on Saturday, Det.-Sgt. Terry Browne said that Alexander was a resident of Toronto and the father of a five-year-old child. He said that Alexander was “known to” the police and “did have his difficulties in the past,” but he wouldn’t elaborate.

Police believe Alexander was killed just after 4 p.m. Friday when at least 10 shots were fired from a silver car toward a parked car outside 80 Peter St. near King St. The silver car fled the scene, and Alexander was rushed to a trauma centre where he died from his injuries.

On Saturday afternoon, thick smears of blood were still visible on the sidewalk outside the parking lot on Adelaide St.

A female passenger in the vehicle with Alexander managed to escape unharmed. Browne said that she was assisting police in their investigation but was in “a great state of shock” and “extremely emotionally scarred.”

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