A lemonade bar owner has been killed in a shooting near his home in suburban Toronto.
The man, who did not want to be named, told Al Jazeera that he was outside a restaurant when a black SUV pulled up next to him and two men opened fire.
He said that the men told him they were with police and he could not be reached for comment.
“They came at me from the right and I told them, ‘Please don’t shoot me, I don’t have a gun’,” he said.
He added that the two men who opened fire on him fled the scene before he could call the police.
“One of the guys said, ‘I will kill you, you will die’.”
In the days that followed, a large crowd gathered outside the restaurant and the police announced a reward of up to $20,000 (HK$28,000) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the two assailants.
However, local media outlets have reported that a white male was found with a gunshot wound on his neck and that the man was subsequently arrested.
Police said that a 22-year-old man was shot in the face and taken to hospital.
He has since been released.
In a statement, the Toronto Police Service said: “At approximately 11:45am on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, officers responded to reports of a man shot in a nearby area of the downtown area.
A 22-yo male was taken to Royal York Hospital for treatment and released.
No further information has been provided at this time.””
The investigation is ongoing,” it added.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said that he had ordered a second investigation into the incident.
The department said in a statement: “As this investigation continues, the public is urged to remain vigilant.
We will not tolerate violence against anyone, let alone anyone we have worked with for many years.
We are committed to investigating all allegations of wrongdoing and will hold anyone responsible accountable for their actions.”
The suspect in the case was later released without charge, the police said.