Toronto, April 9: The man shot and killed at an entrance to a Toronto subway station on Thursday evening was a 21-year-old student from India who was on his way to work.
The victim was at the Glen Road entrance to Sherbourne TTC station in St. James Town at 5 p.m. when he was shot several times.
An off-duty paramedic at the scene attempted to treat him and then he was rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Family and Indian consular officials named him Friday as 21-year-old Kartik Vasudev.
Vasudev was a student at Seneca College and was taking the subway to his job when he was killed.
He arrived in Canada in January.
“We are shocked and distressed at the unfortunate killing of Indian student Kartik Vasudev in a shooting incident in Toronto yesterday,” The Consulate General of India wrote in a statement posted on Twitter on Friday. “We are in touch with the family and will provide all possible assistance in early repatriation of mortal remains.”
Seneca College said Vasudev was enrolled in its marketing management program.
“The Seneca community is saddened to hear of the tragic death of Kartik Vasudev, a first-semester Marketing Management student,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with Mr. Vasudev’s family, friends and classmates. Counselling support is being made available to students and employees.”
A post-mortem examination is scheduled for sometime on Friday.
Police said the suspect in the shooting is a Black male standing five-foot-six to five-foot-seven inches tall with a medium build.