Shots were fired and one man was killed last night (Dec. 9) during a Toronto-area video shoot for "Get Busy" by Jamaican dance hall artist Sean Paul. Paul, whose single "Gimme the Light" is No. 8 this
Shots were fired and one man was killed last night (Dec. 9) during a Toronto-area video shoot for "Get Busy" by Jamaican dance hall artist Sean Paul. Paul, whose single "Gimme the Light" is No. 8 this week on the Billboard Hot 100, was filming a Little X-directed clip when shots were fired outside a house being utilized as part of the set.
According to newspaper and television reports, the victim, 21-year-old Ramesh Christie, was shot in the abdomen at around 8:30 p.m. in Vaughn, an area on the northern outskirts of Toronto. He was pronounced dead at Etobicoke General Hospital.
"We were all inside shooting the music video and we heard gunshots outside," said a production crewmember who requested anonymity. "It was extras, apparently, who shot the guy." Christie reportedly arrived on the set in a white Range Rover when the shooting occurred. The gunman and another person allegedly left in a black Mercedes SUV.
York Regional Police were examining a white Range Rover believed to be driven by the victim. Several shell casings were seen near the vehicle. Sgt. Tony Brown said in a press conference that Christie was not part of the crew or cast and that the investigation is ongoing.
One resident, identified only as Tom, said he heard the victim had just arrived on the set. "He pulled up and got shot while he was still inside [the SUV]," the man said. "He came out and got shot again."
"I was deeply saddened to hear that a shooting occurred last night in the vicinity of my video shoot," Sean Paul said in a statement. "Although I did not witness the incident, my sympathy and prayers go out to the victim's family and to those who have been affected by this tragedy. We must overcome violence and hatred. All life is precious. Respect."
Approximately 70 people were involved in the "Get Busy" video shoot. Several luxury cars and SUVs including Mercedes and Cadillacs were used in the filming. Neighbors said they thought police cars responding to the crime scene were part of the production.