Toronto man wanted for first-degree murder in shooting death of friend

Police have released the identity of a man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Julian Weekes, who was killed after attending a memorial for a slain friend.

Police say the victim was shot in front of the FUSE Restaurant at 366 Queen Street East in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 2 and managed to make his way to a Shell gas station where he collapsed.

Weekes was found with multiple gunshot wounds and was later pronounced dead on the scene.

Police say the victim was killed just after attending a memorial for a friend who was shot and killed on March 24.

Investigators say the shooter has been identified as 29-year-old Michael Teddy Gibson who is wanted for first-degree murder.

“Do the right thing. Speak to your lawyer and turn yourself into the nearest police station,” said Det. Sgt. Mike Patterson during a press conference Monday morning.

Police have identified Julian Weekes, 27, as the victim a fatal shooting near Parliament Street and Richmond Street on April 2, 2016..

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Police say both individuals knew each other and that Weekes didn’t consider Gibson a threat.

“We don’t know how deep the friendship ran but they were definitely associates,” said Patterson.

“Mr. Weekes was very comfortable with the people he was with in the area. He didn’t seem to be alarmed at all.”

Patterson said witnesses from the scene and surveillance video nearby helped authorities locate the shooter.

However, police did not reveal whether the exact shooting was caught on tape.

Investigators are advising the public that Gibson is considered armed and dangerous and is not to be approached.

VIDEO: A 27-year-old man was shot near Queen and Parliament streets and left a blood trail a block away to where police found his body.