Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Three arrests made in west-end Toronto shooting case

Christopher Kotsopoulos, 26, died August 5, 2013, of a gunshot wound in a Toronto housing complex near The Queensway and Windermere Avenue.


Toronto police have charged three men with murder after a 26-year-old man was killed when gunfire erupted during a fight at his former home.

Detective-Sergeant Pauline Gray says Christopher Kotsopoulos was visiting friends at the west-end housing complex where he used to live when an altercation broke out Monday between him and up to five other men in a laneway.

She says several shots were fired "within minutes" of the fight starting, with at least one of the bullets hitting Kotsopoulos in the torso.

Story continues below advertisement

Det.-Sgt. Gray says information from housing complex residents fed up with violence in the area helped investigators identify three male suspects, one of whom was arrested during a morning raid.

Police say two more suspects were arrested Friday afternoon without incident after investigators publicly identified them.

Christopher Shaw, 21, Eli Goldman, 23, and Jeffrey Troung, 26 — all from Toronto — are each charged with second-degree murder.

Det.-Sgt. Gray said it was a "miracle" that Kotsopoulos was the only one killed in the altercation.

She said police believe another two men may have participated in the fight.

The slaying has shocked residents in the complex, and many came forward to speak with investigators, Det.-Sgt. Gray said.

"I think they're tired of this. I think they're tired of these young men with incredible entitlement and guns... holding them essentially hostage," she said.

Story continues below advertisement

Officers also seized three weapons in the morning raid, though Det.-Sgt. Gray wouldn't say whether that included the gun used in the shooting.

Report an error

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at