Toronto (IANS): A 21-year-old Indian student was shot dead at the entrance of a subway station in Toronto.
Kartik Vasudev was shot several times at about 5 p.m. on Thursday at the entrance to the Sherbourne subway station, which is not far from the Indian Consulate General in Toronto.
According to Toronto Police, its officers responded to a radio call at Sherbourne TTC Subway station for a shooting.
The victim, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was initially attended to by an off-duty paramedic. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Police are looking for a black male who was seen walking with a handgun from the crime scene.
The motive of the attack is not known.
Vasudev, who was a student of marketing management program at Seneca College, had arrived in Canada in January.
My cousin brother Kartik Vasudev was shot dead at a subway station in Torronto yesterday. We still don't know what happened. Torronto police has not told us anything. pic.twitter.com/FXMCDBMIJQ
— Gaurav Vasdev (@gauravvasdev1) April 8, 2022
Expressing shock at the killing, the Indian Consulate General tweeted on Friday: “We are shocked & distressed at the unfortunate killing of Indian student Kartik Vasudev in a shooting incident in Toronto yesterday. We are in touch with the family and will provide all possible assistance in early repatriation of mortal remains.”
In a statement, Seneca College said, “The Seneca community is saddened to hear of the tragic death of Kartik Vasudev, a first-semester Marketing Management student. Our thoughts are with Mr. Vasudev’s family, friends and classmates. Counselling support is being made available to students and employees.”
CBC reported that the victim’s father, Jitesh Vasudev, told them from India that the family is “heartbroken.” He said: “My son was polite, humble, a sweet child. Why was my son the target?”
He said his son arrived in Canada on January 5, after five years of planning his career. He was headed to his part-time job when he was shot.
“He was simply going to work,” he told CBC, wondering why anyone would shoot his son.