Two men charged with first-degree murder in fatal shooting in North York

TORONTO – Toronto police have charged two men with first-degree murder after a shooting in North York last week that left one man dead and another injured.

On Oct. 21, police responded to a call about a shooting in the parking lot of an office building on Bakersfield Street, near Sheppard Avenue West and Keele Street, at about 6 p.m. 3:26.

At the time, investigators had said a company in the area was believed to be holding a private event.

Officers arrived at the scene to find a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a trauma center with life-threatening injuries, where he was pronounced dead.

Police later identified the man as 37-year-old Toronto resident Nikie Timm.

Nikie Timm

Investigators told reporters last week that another victim had taken his own way to another hospital with non-life-threatening injuries as a result of gunshot wounds.

Both victims had attended an event prior to the shooting, police said. Speaking from the stage, It. Sgt. Robert Choe explained that the two victims are related, “not through family, but are connected.” The relationship between the two victims has not been released by police.

On Saturday, police announced that David Benjamin, 41, and Leary Hibbert, 41, both of Toronto, had been arrested and charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder. Both appeared in a courtroom in Toronto today via video link.

Timm is the city’s 67th homicide victim this year.

Anyone with information related to the investigation should contact the police or Crime Stoppers.

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