AN innocent bystander, Ruma Amar, 29, became Toronto’s 14th homicide victim of 2018 last Saturday (March 17) just after 10 p.m. as a killer gunned down Thanh Tien Ngo, 32, who was allegedly a member of Chin Pac, a rival gang to the Asian Assassinz.
Police are looking for three men. The getaway driver and two men, armed with handguns, fled in a dark vehicle.
Homicide Det. Rob Choe told the media that Ngo was the target and Amara was standing near him when the killer started firing. Ngo and Amar did not know each other.
Ruma, her husband Amandeep Luthra, and her younger sister Reema were heading for a restaurant from a bowling alley, Playtime Bowl & Entertainment in a Dufferin and Lawrence plaza, when the killer opened fire at Ngo, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Ruma succumbed to her injuries in hospital.
Reema told the Toronto Star that she saw a masked man holding a gun. Amandeep and Reema later learned at the hospital that a bullet had hit the back of her head.
Ruma and Amandeep had met at a call centre two years ago. They dated for a year before tying the knot. The two were working together at a CIBC branch.
According to the Toronto Star, Ngo was known to police. In 2010, he was convicted of two trafficking charges, one count of possession of stolen property over $5,000, and failure to comply with a probation order. His father, Ngoc Ngo, was shot dead in an execution style after he answered the door at his property in March 2014.