Twitter Murda Marz, a North Preston rapper.

A rapper originally from North Preston has died after being shot several times in his car in downtown Toronto.

Police say Shmar Parris, 25, was found early Friday morning with multiple gunshot wounds and later died in hospital.

Investigators say Parris’s family has told them he was a rapper who went by the name of Murda Marz.

Police say Parris lived in Toronto, although his Facebook page lists his hometown as North Preston.

Officers were called after getting reports of gunshots but while on the way, they were called to the scene of a collision a few blocks away.

Parris was found in his bullet-riddled car at the collision scene and investigators believe he was involved in an altercation with
someone in an SUV shortly before the shooting.

A light-coloured SUV was seen fleeing the area afterwards, headed west.

A passenger in the victim’s car is believed to have made her own way to hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

A hiphop website, hiphopCanada.com, described Parris as an up and coming rapper.

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