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WATCH: Andrea White victim of wrong place, wrong time: police

Mom of 4 shot in apparently random act of rage

Toronto Police now believe Andrea White, a mother of four shot dead in the garage of her east end home, was a victim of wrong place, wrong time.

"It's a completely senseless act of violence" Detective Sergeant Hank Idsinga told Newstalk 1010, "taking your anger and frustration out in the worst way possible and making a bad situation even worse."

Police had said White's home in a Forest Creek Pathway co-op housing complex was targeted, but they couldn't figure out why anyone would want to hurt the woman those close to her called a pillar of the community.

Now, police are linking the 33-year-old's death with another murder.

White was killed April 12, the day that would've been Kwado Mensah's 21st birthday. But Mensah's life was cut short in the spring of 2013. He was shot dead in the same neighbourhood White called home. Sheldon Scrubb faces a charge of second-degree in the case.

On Sunday Michael Davani and Alwayne Bigby were charged with first degree murder in White's death.

Both men were friends with Mensah, and at least one them went to a memorial at his grave site in west Toronto on Saturday. Idsinga believes that birthday ceremony stirred up rage in Davani and Bigby. He alleges "that they vented that anger by going to the housing complex where their friend was killed almost a year ago, and discharged a firearm towards the first group of people that they saw in the complex."

Six gun shots were blasted from the passenger window of an SUV fired toward the garage where White was hanging out with family members and friends.  The car was only in the complex for about a minute.

Deputy Chief of Police Peter Sloly says the force is maintaining "high visibility patrol in the area in order to restore confidence and calm in the neighbourhood."

Idsinga doesn't believe the people who live along Forest Creek Pathway should feel unsafe since White's alleged murderers are behind bars and police have the gun they think was used.

Still, Sloly says White's death is tragic.

"Andrea White did not deserve what happened. She's a leader in her community and a central figure in her family."

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  1. don was right posted on 04/17/2014 08:45 AM
    Makes one question whether all the concern over carding is misplaced.
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