Indian High Commission in Canada is working with the Canadian authorities to repatriate the mortal remains of Kartik Vasudev, an Indian student who was shot dead in Toronto 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,” the High Commission said.
21-year-old Kartik Vasudev was going to his part-time job in Toronto when he was shot dead outside a railway station.
According to the local media reports, Kartik died due to multiple gunshot wounds outside Sherbourne station.
“Why has this happened to him? I don’t know. Why he killed my innocent son, I just want to know,” Kartik’s father Jitesh Vasudev, told CTV News Toronto on Saturday, “If he wanted something from him, he could have snatched it. So why has he killed him? It’s a brutal murder.”
Toronto police said officers were called to the entrance of Sherbourne Station at Glen Road just after 5 p.m. for the sound of gunshots.
When officers arrived, they located a man with multiple gunshot wounds outside the entrance’s doors.
“An off-duty paramedic actually rendered first aid to the victim. Unfortunately, he was transported to an area hospital in grave condition and pronounced dead later,” Duty Inspector Richard Harris said.
Harris said the suspect was last seen on foot south on Glen Road and is described as a Black male who stands approximately five-foot-six to five-foot-seven with a medium build.
“We are actively looking for a suspect as we speak. This is very early on in the investigation, so there’s quite a bit of canvassing that needs to be completed,” he said.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to piece this together in short order.”
Harris is appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and has not spoken to police to contact investigators.
Jitesh Vasudev told Indian Express, “We last spoke to Kartik on Thursday, and he told us he was heading to work. He was a student but worked part-time at a Mexican restaurant. For several hours, his phone was switched off. His cousin, whom he stayed with, grew worried and informed the police. News flashed that a shooting had taken place, and it was then that she realised Kartik is no more.”
Kartik had moved to Canada in January and stayed in a sharing apartment with his cousin. He was studying global management at Toronto-based Seneca University.