Published May 22, 2018Toronto police are investigating the death of a 28-year-old man who was killed leaving Drake's Pick 6IX restaurant on Sunday night (May 20).
Identified as Jaiden Jackson, the man was shot on his way out of a private party at the restaurant around 9 p.m. local time.
According to a Toronto Police news release, Jackson left the restaurant with an unidentified woman. As they were walking westbound on the north side of Wellington Street W towards his car, a black Honda Civic drove towards the pair, and two men got out of the car and began shooting at him. He ran into an underground parking garage, followed by the two shooters and the driver, who also fired shots at the victim.
Jackson was taken to hospital but pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.
Drake — who co-owns Pick 6IX with Nessel "Chubbs" Beezer, the Sabah Nissan Group and Antonio Park — shared a number of photos from Sunday's private party this weekend on Instagram.
It is unclear if Drake was still at Pick 6IX when the shooting happened outside. It is also unknown if Jackson had any affiliation with the rapper or if he was someone's guest at the invite-only party.
Police told CTV News Toronto that it's possible someone in the restaurant notified the occupants of the vehicle that Jackson had left the restaurant, as the vehicle was reportedly waiting idle outside until that time.
"He was parked west of the shooting scene, so he had not completely made it to where his vehicle was parked before these individuals approached him," Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux said.
"Somebody knew he was either leaving at that particular time or they knew where his car was parked and they were waiting in the general area."
Drake has not publicly commented on the shooting.
In 2015, Drake's annual OVO Fest afterparty was tarnished by a similar tragedy when two attendees were fatally shot. After drawing criticism for his silence, he eventually released a statement sharing his condolences for the victims.
In the wake of the shooting of Drake's friend Anthony "Fif" Soares last year, police urged Drake to encourage his fans to go to the police with any information. He remained silent, which many attributed to the strained relationship between police and black men in the city.
Drake has previously made reference to withholding information from the police in his music, on tracks like "No Tellin'" ("Yeah, police comin' 'round lookin' for some help / On a case they gotta solve, we never help 'em") and "Worst Behavior" ("But your shit is like the police asking us questions / n**** we don't know shit").