Arrest Made in Brazen Shooting Case
2012 has been a disturbing year in Canadian crime.
First, a Montreal man dismembered his boyfriend and sent the grisly pieces to politicians and government officials. Now, a man has been gunned down in broad daylight in Toronto’s Little Italy district.
Dean Wiwchar, 26, has been arrested in connection with the shooting.
John Raposo, 36, was shot in the head, supposedly over Mafia connections, by a shooter wearing an orange safety vest, a white filter mask and a white construction helmet.
Det. Sgt. Terry Browne said in a news conference that Wiwchar will appear in a Toronto courtroom Friday morning to face a charge of first-degree murder.
Raposo had a child and a pregnant girlfriend. Another man has not been identified but was taken to the hospital after being struck by a stray bullet.
Wiwchar’s lawyer says he will plead not guilty, but the dozens of witnesses in Little Italy will make it easy for prosecutors to counter that plea. However, no number of witnesses can make Canadians feel safe again.