Man shot dead during Mississauga home invasion
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Alex Consiglio/Toronto Star
A man was shot dead during a home invasion-style robbery in Mississauga at a house on Corkstone Glade, near Fieldgate Dr. and Rathburn Rd. E., around 12:25 a.m. Friday.
A man was shot dead after allegedly breaking into a Mississauga home with two other men who remain at large.
Peel Regional Police were called to a home on Corkstone Glade shortly after midnight Friday after a 911 call about a home invasion.
The homeowner, Mike Vrga, had found three intruders, two armed, in his house, his two young children and wife at home.
A short time later, one of the alleged intruders was dead.
Police said Vrga had struggled with one of the armed men. Ibrahim Abukar, 22, of Toronto, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Peel homicide detectives are continuing to investigate how Abukar was shot dead.
“Detectives are trying to piece together the sequence of events,” said Const. Thomas Ruttan.
Ruttan said the two other suspects, described as male, black and wearing dark clothing, remain on the run.
Vrga, questioned by police and released, suffered minor injuries, said Ruttan. No charges are pending against Vrga. A friend of the family told the Star that Vrga is 6’4”, 240 lbs and in his mid-30s.
From homes on the neighbouring street, a smashed back door of Vrga’s home could be seen, an officer standing guard.
Police had used a tactical team and K-9 unit to track the fleeing suspects without success.
“If anyone has seen or heard anything in relation to this event, homicide investigators would like to speak to them,” said Ruttan.
Vrga lives with his wife Sandy in their home, near Fieldgate Dr. and Rathburn Rd. E. The couple has a newborn daughter and a 1-year-old son.
Vrga rents his basement to a woman in her twenties. The tenant moved in two years ago with her young son, said neighbour Trudy Nunes.
Abukar’s body was discovered in the basement. Police are not yet aware of any link between Vrga and Abukar.
Vrga operates VTM Mechanical, a heating and air-conditioning company, from his home.
Mark Guluzian, an employee of Vrga’s, arrived at the home Friday morning expecting to head to work with his boss.
“It’s quite a shock,” said Guluzian, 32. “It’s not something I was expecting when heading to work like any other day.”
Guluzian described Vrga as a “straight arrow family-oriented guy” who works hard and heads home to his kids.
Guluzian said Vrga likes to go hunting once in a while, but wasn’t sure if he kept any guns in his home.
Guluzian added he has never spoken to the tenant.
Josie Dinardo, whose 89-year-old mother lives next door to Vrga, said her mother’s caregiver heard two or three gunshots.
“Then she heard a lot of commotion and moaning,” she said, adding her mother has lived there for more than 30 years without any violence. “It’s a nice neighbourhood.”
Police still had the home taped off as the investigation continued Friday night.
With files from Alex Nino Gheciu and Alexandra Bosanac