A 26-year-old Indo-Canadian succumbed to his injuries on Monday, a day after he was shot dead in a Toronto nightclub.

Toronto police identified the victim as Pardeep Brar, a resident of Brampton in the Greater Toronto Area.

Police responded to reports of a shooting around 3:30 a.m. Sunday at a downtown Toronto nightclub. Two people, including Brar, were reportedly shot dead.

Brar succumbed to the gunshot wound and was pronounced dead on Monday.

The other victim was a 24-year-old woman, who was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The woman, who has not been identified, was treated and released.

The Toronto Police Homicide Unit is investigating the shooting, but no suspects have yet been named or a motive assigned to the crime.

In a statement, they said there was “no suspicious information at this time”.

Police have asked for the public’s help in identifying potential suspects in this case. Investigators have been seeking information from those who may have witnessed the nightclub shooting. They also asked anyone with video of the shooting to contact investigators. They also posted an image of the victim.

Although it is unclear whether Brar was an Indian national, his death is part of a series of tragedies that have hit young people of Indian descent this year.

This is the second incident where a youth of Indian origin has been shot and killed in Toronto this year. In April, Kartik Vasudev, 21, a management student at the city’s Seneca College, died after being shot near a city subway station.

Five international students from India died in a fatal accident in Ontario in March of this year.

In April, a 23-year-old student from Gujarat died after drowning in the Atlantic Ocean off Nova Scotia.


    Anirudh Bhattacharya is a Toronto-based commentator on North American issues and author. He has also worked as a journalist in New Delhi and New York covering print, television and digital media. He tweets as @anirudhb.
    …See the details