Toronto police have identified another suspect wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Karolina Huebner-Makurat, a 44-year-old mother of two who was hit by a stray bullet during a daylight shooting in the city’s east end last summer.
Speaking to reporters at a news conference on Wednesday, Det. Henri Marsman said 19-year-old Ahmed Ali, of Toronto, is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant in connection with the homicide. He faces two charges, including manslaughter and robbery with a firearm, Marsman confirmed.
Police have released photos of Ahmed Ali, who is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant.
Ahmed Ali,Photos of Ali, who Marsman described as the “third and final suspect” in the case, have also been released by investigators.
Huebner-Makurat was on her way to lunch in the area of Queen Street East and Carlaw Avenue on the afternoon of July 7 when an altercation broke out between three males.
“There was a physical altercation between three males that we believe was a robbery and it escalated into violence when two men brandished handguns and exchanged gunfire,” Marsman said.
Huebner-Makurat was hit by a stray bullet and was rushed to hospital but later died.
Karolina Huebner-Makurat was hit by a stray bullet in a daytime shooting on Friday, July 7. (Handout)Marsman said the two other suspects that were believed to be involved in the altercation have already been arrested.
Toronto resident Damian Hudson, 32, was arrested on July 13 and charged with second-degree murder.
Ahmed Mustafa Ibrahim, a 20-year-od Toronto resident, was arrested on Aug. 15. He faces three charges, including manslaughter, robbery, and failing to comply with probation.
Marsman said investigators believe the three suspects were involved in the drug trade and the robbery involved the theft or either money, drugs, or both.
Last summer, a fourth person, Pickering resident Khalila Zara Mohammed, 23, was also charged with accessory after the fact to an indictable offence and obstructing justice. Police have not provided details about how she is connected to the case but confirmed that at the time of her arrest, she was an employee of the nearby South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC), located near Queen Street and Carlaw Avenue.
When asked about where Ali may be, Marsman said police believe he fled the country shortly after the homicide and is likely in Somalia.
“We are making efforts through our partners with Interpol and we do have a Canada-wide warrant,” he said.
“I don’t believe we have an extradition treaty with Somalia so I’m hoping that either he sees this and makes arrangements to surrender or his family talk him into surrendering. If he possibly travels to a country that does have an extradition treaty, then we will cross that bridge when we come to it.”
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