UPDATE: Police say Vaughan shooting not a random attack

Dead is 41 year old Ritesh Thakur from Toronto. Cops have yet to make an arrest...

Police have released the name of the man shot to death outside of a HomeSense in Vaughan on Sunday afternoon.

According to York Regional Police officers, 41 year old Ritesh Thakur from Toronto was the intended target of the bullets. They say this wasn't a random attack.

Thakur is the same man rounded up in a cocaine drug sweep in Toronto along with 3 other men. That case has yet to make it to court.

Constable Andy Pattenden with York Regional Police wouldn't say that Thakur was involved in the drug trade, but told Newstalk1010 that they 'would be considering all the evidence'.

It happened in broad daylight, in a busy complex featuring a slew of big box stores near Weston Road and Highway 7 and it comes only 11 days after a man was shot to death outside a nearby strip mall.

In that case, the death of 56 year old Carmine Verduci is believed to be linked to the mob, but Police haven't confirmed that, nor have they made an arrest.

When it comes to the Thakur murder, Pattenden says detectives are looking for a 4 door, silver Honda Civic with tinted windows seen leaving the area before Police arrived.

If you know anything, you're asked to contact York Regional Police's homicide unit at 1-866-876-5423 x 7865 or or to contact Crime Stoppers.

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  1. JohnH_6636 posted on 05/05/2014 04:07 PM
    This was a bit close to home for me. I had been in that very same mall parking lot in the early am hours while I had a vehicle in at Costco for tires. The very empty RONA store (closed recently) could easily have been used for suspect(s) to escape to.
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