A 34-year-old man shot in broad daylight in Vaughan has died in hospital after fighting for his life for more than two weeks.
York Regional Police say gunfire erupted outside of a store near Hwy. 7 West near Ansley Grove Blvd., west of Weston Rd., around 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 23 – just two days before Christmas.
“Responding officers found an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds,” Sgt. Clint Whitney said in a statement Wednesday, adding the victim was rushed to a trauma centre.
The man – now identified as Robert Hinn, of Vaughan – died on Sunday.
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“Investigators believe this was a targeted shooting and there is no threat to public safety,” Whitney said.
Few details of the deadly shooting have been released.
However, a GoFundMe set up to help Hinn’s young family states “his life was tragically cut short by a senseless shooting incident while entering a Bell store.”
“We are shattered to convey the heartbreaking news of the unforeseen and tragic passing of Robert Hinn, a devoted 34-year-old husband and father,” the GoFundMe says.
“He leaves behind his grieving wife, Amanda, along with their 4-year-old son, Alexander, who bravely battles cystic fibrosis, and their 1-year-old, Jonathan.”
The GoFundMe adds Hinn put the well-being of his family “above all else.”
“The abrupt and tragic nature of Robert’s passing has left the Hinn family grappling with profound grief,” the GoFundMe explains. “As they navigate this heart-wrenching journey, we aim to alleviate some of the financial burdens they will face, and ongoing support for Amanda, Alexander, and Jonathan.”
The GoFundMe, which had raised just over $79,000 of its $90,000 goal as of Wednesday morning, aims to help the Hinn family with “day-to-day expenses, medical bills for Alexander’s cystic fibrosis treatments, and educational needs for both children.”
Police believe the gunman and at least one other person fled the area in a dark-coloured SUV after the shooting.
The shooter is described as a man who was wearing all dark clothing and a dark face mask.
Police have no description of the accomplice.
“Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to investigators are urged to come forward, along with anyone who has video footage, including dashcam, cellphone, or security recordings from the area around the time of the incident,” Whitney said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7865, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).