Police identify shooting victim near St. James campus

Anastasios Leventis, 39, was shot to death on Monday at 2:46 p.m.

Story updated Jan. 31

Toronto police have identified the victim of Monday’s shooting as Anastasios Leventis, 39. Leventis, who police say is from Quebec was shot and killed Monday just before 3 p.m. on George Street and Adelaide near George Brown College’s St. James campus.

A spokesperson from George Brown College confirmed that Leventis was not a full-time student or an alumni of the college.

Kassandra Patry, a marketing student at George Brown College, was outside when she heard five gunshots and said people froze, then started running.

“I was scared that I was going to get caught in the crossfire, I didn’t know which way they were going so I was standing there not knowing what to do,” Patry explained.

She ran into the main building to tell her professor before the hold and secure started.

Police said that two handguns were found at the scene and at least 10 shell casings were visible at the scene.

The college went into a “hold and secure” procedure at around 3 p.m. today in response to the shooting. The hold and secure was lifted at 4:20 p.m.

In a hold and secure, exterior doors to the college are locked and all movement in and out of the college is restricted. Otherwise normal operations at the school may continue.

“I just heard a couple bangs and I thought it was construction workers working on Richmond there,” said Dave Lee, a resident of 105 George St., a condo building across the street from the shooting. Lee said that he’s aware of some more “bad pockets” in the area, but was surprised by a shooting around his condo.

Erika Evangelista, a point guard with the Huskies women’s basketball team said that having a shooting so close to St. James doesn’t change her mind about coming to school.

“It doesn’t really change my perception, I don’t really know why. It doesn’t really change anything for me; it happens.”

With files from Kelsey Rambaran, Steve Cornwell and Philip Iver.


Police identify shooting victim near St. James campus