Rising Toronto rapper Houdini, born Dimarjio Antonio Jenkins, was tragically shot and killed in the Entertainment District of Downtown Toronto on Tuesday.
His death was confirmed by fellow Toronto rapper Tory Lanez, who wrote on Instagram, “I’m trying, and I can’t fight the tears from falling .. I can’t even find the words for a speech right now .. YALL TOOK MY F***ING N**** AND ALL HE WANTED TO DO WAS LIVE !!!!!! #RIP Houdini 4 Ever!”
Toronto Police Operations tweeted on May 26 that the shooting took place around 4 p.m. local time on King Street West and Peter Street, just outside the Bisha Hotel & Residences on Blue Jays Way. Three victims were shot: Houdini, a 15-year-old boy and a 27-year-old woman. Both the boy and woman are expected to recover from their injuries.
“This was very brazen,” Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said, as reported by CP24. While all three victims were transported to a local hospital, Saunders confirmed at 6:30 p.m. local time that the 21-year-old had succumbed to his injuries. Police said the incident appears to have been targeted and that the suspected shooters were waiting in their car for about 40 minutes before their victim arrived.
“It turns out the suspect vehicle, based on the evidence we have right now, was waiting for about 40 minutes for the occupants of another vehicle to arrive to their vehicle,” Saunders said. “When they did, the suspect vehicle made a U-turn, came out, and started firing at this group of individuals.”
“This was very brazen, this offence that took place,” he said. “However, it’s very solvable…
“There was a driver of the suspect vehicle and we know that the shooter got out on the passenger side.”
A firearm was reportedly recovered from the scene and police are appealing for people with information to come forward.
A witness told CP24 : “What we heard was like a bunch of fireworks. There were lots of echoes – about six to 10 shots. It was quite startling and then you hear all the sirens afterwards.
“I think a lot of people have power outages in this area too, so people were out for a walk I guess. It’s quite shocking to see in this area.”
Houdini, best known for tracks including Late Nights, Myself, and Backseats was one of Canada’s most-streamed independent rappers with 19.2 million plays on Spotify in 2019.