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Police identify shooting victim as 21-year-old rapper known as Houdini

Toronto police have identified the man killed in a downtown shooting as 21-year-old Dimarjio Jenkins, a local rapper who went by the name Houdini.

Police say a boy and a woman were also wounded when shots rang out shortly after 4 p.m. on Tuesday near the intersection of King and Peter streets.

Jenkins was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting, while the boy and woman are expected to recover.

Investigators say the two males were targeted while the woman appeared to be an innocent bystander.

Police Chief Mark Saunders said Tuesday he's confident that they'll be able to solve the case because of the evidence they've already collected.

Warner Music Canada, which worked with Jenkins on a compliation album showcasing Toronto's "rising stars," says the young man was "exceptionally talented."

"Houdini had unlimited potential as an artist and we are incredibly saddened that his life was cut short," said Warner Music Canada president Steve Kane. "Our thoughts are with his family during this unimaginable time. We urge our elected officials to help address the root causes of gun violence and put an end to these tragedies."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 27, 2020.

The Canadian Press