TORONTO — A dispute over a bicycle may have sparked the killing of a 16-year-old boy in a Toronto highrise over the weekend.
Toronto Police have charged a 14-year-old boy in the shooting that happened around midnight on Sunday.
Trishann, 26, who lives in the highrise, said she saw the teen along with his brother fighting with another boy in the lobby, just before the shooting took place.
"I'd seen them right before the whole thing went down," Trishann, who didn't wish to give her last name, said Tuesday outside the apartment building. "They were arguing over a bicycle.
The 14-year-old boy, who cannot be identified by the Youth Criminal Justice Act, faces a charge of manslaughter.
The accused is among the youngest to be charged with the offence, according to police.
The victim — who lived with his mother and four brothers in a Toronto Community Housing complex — was found with a gunshot wound to the neck in a 19th-floor hallway.
He was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital, where medical personnel pronounced him dead.
The accused will appear in court Wednesday.
The law also prohibits the identification of the victim without legal consent from his parents.
A couple security guards screened people who attempted to enter the building Tuesday afternoon. Yellow police tape had been taken down, but a cruiser remained parked in the lot.
Police said tips from the public expedited the arrest. Investigators also combed through surveillance video taken at the apartment building.