Police laid a second second-degree murder charge Tuesday against a 24-year-old man in connection with the fatal shooting of a man outside a downtown Toronto nightclub last week.
Jason Benjamin, 24, was arrested on Monday in the homicide, which occurred early on Feb. 2 outside Club Red. Police initially arrested and charged 20-year-old Kareem Perry with first-degree murder.
Police said on Monday that they were treating the shooting that killed Jermaine Tracey Grimes, 27, as “targeted.” Police said they believed the two men knew each other prior to the shooting, but did not specify a motive.
They announced the charges on Tuesday at a news conference.
Mayor John Tory told a news conference Monday that he recognized the outrage, grief and sadness that the death had caused.
“I am committed to making Toronto a safer city,” he said. “I know that we cannot tolerate what has happened here.”
Toronto police have called the shooting “ambush-style” and said it happened after a physical confrontation between two individuals.
Toronto police allege that Perry shot first. Police said in a statement released on Monday that he was the first to shoot the victim and that they do not believe he intended to kill the victim.
A manhunt was launched for Perry. He turned himself in a few hours later. He and Charles Taylor-Jarrett, 19, were charged with first-degree murder, and both face a further charge of attempted murder of one of Grimes’ family members.
Taylor-Jarrett appeared in court on Monday and was remanded into custody.
Tracey Grimes was a native of Port Richmond, Virginia, and attended Stafford High School before graduating from Patrick Henry Community College in Stafford, Virginia, in 2016.
He had his sights set on a career in marine science. He earned his marine science designation from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and went on to study at Virginia Tech, where he was a marine science student, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help him pay his bills while he worked toward that goal.
His grandmother, Judith Grimes, told CBS News that the young man was “a good guy” and that “he loved to play. That’s what he liked to do most.”
According to CBS News, Charisa Grimes was deeply concerned about the shooting. She told CBS News that her nephew had stayed away from trouble and had a strict curfew, but the trouble had always sought him out.
She said that her son, Charles, a cousin, had also been shot in the head, and has been recovering.
“I just hope that justice will be served for Jermaine,” she told CBS News.
“Just turn yourself in,” she told The Washington Post. “Wake up. Do the right thing. The kid was a victim. It’s senseless.”