Canada cafe shooting: Vaughan Cafe Shooting

Published: June 25, 2015

Canada cafe shooting: Vaughan Cafe Shooting, Police hope surveillance video will help them identify the gunman who opened fire in a Vaughan, Ont., café early Wednesday morning, killing two people and wounding two others.

York Regional Police have little to go on, other than a description of a dark-skinned man who fled the scene in a dark-coloured compact car.

But investigators are hoping video footage captured near the Moka espresso bar, where the gunfire broke out around 8:15 a.m., will provide some clues.

Christopher de Simone, 24, was one of two people slain at the Moka espresso bar on Wednesday morning.

Maria Voci, 47, and Christopher de Simone, 24, both of Vaughan, were identified as the two people killed in the attack. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, York Regional Police Const. Andy Pattenden said.

The two others were taken to hospital. Pattenden said at 1 p.m. ET that one person is in stable condition and the other is in life-threatening condition.

“The information that we have is that a man arrived here and began shooting,” Pattenden said.

Friends of Voci said she worked at the café where she was killed and loved her work, treating the coffee spot like it was her own place.


“She was absolutely beautiful, gorgeous inside and out,” said Sonya Soparker, a friend and former neighbour who knew Voci for around 20 years.

Soparker said Voci has three sons.

Vlada Khovaylo, a neighbour of Voci’s, said she still can’t believe the news.

“I hope it’s a mistake,” she said.

Former colleagues of de Simone, who used to work at the Da Vinci Banquet Hall in Woodbridge, shared images of the young, smiling man late Wednesday. The colleagues say de Simone met his wife at the hall.

Earlier, a CBC News camera was rolling when de Simone’s distraught wife arrived outside the café frantically trying to reach him.


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