Police have determined that two men who were fatally shot in the city’s east end last month opened fire on one another following a chance encounter on a sidewalk.
According to police, Jonathan Stefan Khan, 20, and Shawn Chestnut-Reddick, 22, bumped into each other in front of a vacant storefront on Danforth Avenue east of Woodbine Avenue on the night of March 19 and got into a physical skirmish stemming from a previous dispute.
The two men had “an unintentional meeting” out front of the Mediterranean Social Club around 8:30 p.m., Det. Shawn Mahoney said.
“The two parties quarrelled and began a physical altercation,” he said. “Both parties drew firearms that were in their possession and fired at each other.”
Mahoney said the two men were only about the width of the sidewalk apart when the bullets started flying.
Chestnut-Reddick was shot three times and Khan was hit seven times. Both died soon after in hospital.
Mahoney said forensic evidence, footage from area surveillance cameras and “excellent witness participation” enabled investigators to figure out what happened.
“Although it was a chance meeting, both parties were the other’s intended target of the shooting,” he said.
Police say the third man witnessed the shooting and ran away with Chestnut-Reddick’s gun. He has yet to be identified.