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Toronto rapper charged with first degree murder may have been in Kelowna

Police still seek public assistance locating man wanted for First Degree Murder, Hassan Ali, 22
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June 23, 2021 - 1:00 PM

The Toronto Police Service said Monday that a "violent and dangerous man" accused of a fatal shooting may have been in Kelowna and have asked for the community's assistance in spotting him. 

Hassan Ali, 22, of Toronto, is wanted for First Degree Murder and three counts of Fail to Comply with Recognizance, after a Jan. 31 shooting.

"It was reported that a man was attempting to drive his car into the garage of an apartment building at 40 Falstaff Avenue when he was shot at numerous times. As a result of being shot, his vehicle rolled and hit the closed underground garage doors," Toronto Police said in a press release.

"Police located an unresponsive man in the driver's seat who was suffering from gunshot wounds and he was pronounced deceased at the scene."

Investigators believe he has travelled to Kelowna and Calgary and are urging anyone with information to contact the police.

"No matter how insignificant the information may seem, all tips are important and could be key to the investigation," police said. "Hassan Ali is considered violent and dangerous. If he is located, do not approach and call 911 immediately."

As of today, June 23, Kelowna RCMP have not heard anything.

"We are aware of the information provided by the Toronto Police Service, but at this time we have had no confirmed sightings of him in our jurisdiction to report," Kelowna RCMP said in an emailed statement.

Ali, who is known to many around Toronto as the rapper Top5, was in an Instagram live that was posted to YouTube today. In it, he's asked if he's on the run, and said the video posted of him shows him saying he didn't do anything.

The shooting victim has been identified as Hashim Omar Hashi, 20, of Toronto.

It was further reported that the suspect vehicle, which was observed fleeing the scene eastbound on Falstaff Avenue, was located fully engulfed in flames at Earl Bales Park.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.
 


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