Rapper Smoke Dawg shot dead aged 21; Drake and others pay respect
According to online accounts of Dawg's close associates, he got caught up in an incident in the capital where two other people were injured
Smoke Dawg, a Toronto-based rapper, was shot dead in the Canadian city on Saturday. The 21-year-old was caught up in an accident on the streets outside the Cube Nightclub around 8 pm, according to online posts by close associates of the rapper. Two other people were injured in the incident and according to the Toronto Paramedics Services quoted by Metro, one of them is a male with critical injuries, and the other is a woman with non-serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
The Toronto Police have since also confirmed that one of the victims of the shooting succumbed to his injuries in hospital. The case is now being treated as a homicide.
"Our investigators are on-scene right now trying to piece this together," said Constable David Hopkinson, adding, "It is a large scene. We’re talking about the downtown core and Queen Street – one of the busiest streets on a very busy Canada Day weekend."
Two suspects have already been noted by the police as fleeing the scene.
Many witnesses have been criticized for taking videos and posting them on Snapchat and other social media platforms instead of calling for help. While one wrote, "What’s with people recording people dying man. Did y’all not learn from the backlash people got from the video of X??? Y’all really uploaded a video of Smoke Dawg bleeding out on the f*****g ground...what the f**k man. [sic]"
Another wrote, "I‘m struggling to understand how we as a society got to the point where ppl witness a man dying from gunshot wounds and their first instinct isn’t to help but to record it for snapchat. disgusting fr. rip smoke dawg. [sic]
From the music industry, including Drake, a close friend of the rapper, have expressed their grievance on social media regarding his murder.
He posted a photo of the two of them performing together on his Instagram Story along with the words, “All these gifts and blessed souls and inner lights being extinguished lately are devastating. I wish peace would wash over our city. So much talent and so many stories we never get to see play out. Rest up Smoke.”
London rapper Giggs captioned a photo of Dawg and himself: "My little bro man. May God bless you, my brother." Fellow Halal gang member Puffy L'z also paid tribute to the late rapped by posting a photo of the two of them together on Instagram.