Man wanted in murder of Hamilton father arrested in U.S.

A man wanted in the fatal shooting of a Hamilton father has been arrested in the United States.

Toronto police say Akil Whyte is in custody in the U.S. and has not yet been extradited.

Whyte was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for the first-degree murder of 33-year-old Leonard Pinnock.

The Hamilton man was shot multiple times as he sat in a parked car outside a Toronto plaza on April 21, 2017.

Nearly a month after his death, police released surveillance video of the shooting. In the 17-second video, two men can be seen walking through the parking lot in the direction of Pinnock’s car. The suspects then run towards the vehicle and fire multiple shots into the driver’s side window.

Police allege Whyte was wearing a light-coloured hooded shirt in the video and fired the first shot.

Investigators called the attack “seemingly unprovoked” and said there was nothing in Pinnock’s background that has led them to believe he would be targeted.

Police have not revealed when Whyte will return to Canada but said it “can take some time.”

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