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Two men are dead in separate incidents within 12 hours of each other over Easter weekend, bringing Toronto’s homicide count to 18 so far this year.

Police say in the first, two men driving northbound on Scarlett Rd. around 5:30 p.m. Saturday were approached by another car, whose occupants starting shooting at the first vehicle.

The victims’ vehicle, struck several times by bullets, headed to 35 Trehorne Dr. near Royal York Rd., where 911 was called, a police statement says.

The two men were transported to hospital, one of whom was later pronounced dead.  The second had non-life threatening injuries, police say.

Police identified the deceased victim as Habil Abdilahi Hassan, 21, of Toronto.

Police said the suspect vehicle fled the scene and crashed into another vehicle near Scarlett and Dixon Rds.

The suspects subsequently fled on foot.

One is described as male, Black, 20-25 years old, wearing a dark coat and dark pants; the second is male, Black, 20-25 years old, dressed in light-coloured jeans and a light blue surgical mask.

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Investigators are seeking witnesses to the shooting. Anyone with information should call police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers can also be reached online at

In the second incident police were called to an apartment complex on Skymark Dr. in the Finch Ave. E.-Don Mills Rd. area at around 7 a.m. Sunday, where they found a man with life-threatening injuries.

Police said the man, identified early Sunday night as 75-year-old Ka Chai Ho, of Toronto, suffered a stab wound to his torso.

The man was revived at the scene but died en route to hospital, police say.

Pak-lin Pauline Ho, 62, of Toronto, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Police speculated earlier that it may have been a domestic dispute.

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