Toronto police say the vehicle used in the fatal shooting that happened in the north end over the weekend is registered to a car rental company.
During a news conference on Wednesday, Det. Sgt. Mike Carbone released surveillance footage of the night when Karim Hirani, 25, was shot to death in Toronto's North York area early Sunday.
The footage shows the driver pull into the parking lot where Hirani was drinking with two friends.
A man gets out of the car, walks up to the trio and shoots Hirani in the head before running back to the vehicle.
Carbone said the victim and his friends had been sitting in the parking lot for just minutes before the incident. He said it is clear from the camera footage that Hirani was the one being targeted.
Carbone said the suspect was driving a rented, dark-coloured Nissan Maxima on the night of the incident. He said the vehicle was rented from a numbered company that charges cash.
"It would not being considered a traditional rental company," said Carbone, adding that customers do not have provide identification or a credit card.
Carbone said it seems like the suspect wanted to keep his anonymity when he rented the car.
"These folks are taking advantage of the system by essentially getting legitimate cars and having some anonymity," said Carbone, adding the suspect was confident the vehicle would not be traced back to him.
Renting cars with non-traditional car renting companies is becoming "quite more prevalent," said Carbone.
Police said it is still too early in the investigation to determine what could have led the suspect to shoot Hirani.
Anyone with information about the incident of the suspect is asked to contact the Toronto police.
Gabriele Roy, The Canadian Press