Police canvassing Kitchener neighbourhood for info in fatal 2019 shooting
KITCHENER -- Police are appealing to the public for more information in the fatal shooting of a Kitchener man last year.
Irshad Sabriye, 20, was killed on the on-ramp from Courtland Avenue East to Highway 7/8 at around 2 a.m. on Nov. 26, 2019.
The suspects then drove away in his vehicle, a 2019 Nissan Sentra. That car was found on fire two hours later at an apartment building on Connaught Street. Officials now confirm that the two incidents are related.
Police had said at the time that they believed the victim and the shooter or shooters were known to each other.
Now, eight months later, police are calling for anyone with information regarding Sabriye's death to come forward.
"Police have received information that residents at an apartment building, located at 37 Vanier Drive in Kitchener, may have information to assist in the investigation," a poster reads.
"The reason why we are out [Tuesday] is investigators do believe that there are individuals from the apartment building who may have information in regards to this homicide that have not yet spoken with investigators," said Const. Andre Johnson with the Waterloo Regional Police Service.
That building overlooks the scene of the on-ramp where Sabriye was killed, and police say that the Sentra was seen in the area before the shooting.
"The invesgiators have been able to confirm that the vehicle found on Connaught Street at approximately 4 a.m. that was fully engulfed in fire was the victim's car," Johnson said.
Anyone with information is asked to come forward. Regional police will be canvassing the area on Tuesday from about 9 a.m.
Michael Gordon, a local resident, said police gave him a pamphlet with information on the shooting and the car. Gordon said he spoke to police after the homicide and thinks he saw the suspects drive away in Sabriye's car.
"I'd seen the headlights, it was five something in the morning," he said. "I was on my way to work and I just figured it was a guy who had missed an exit and was trying to backtrack. But, apparently it was that and I just missed it by a few minutes."