Rewards of $100K to find killers of 2 women who were shot outside Mississauga nightclubs

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Published July 8, 2024 at 11:53 am

$100K rewards for Mississauga murders.
Raneilia Richards was shot and killed while standing in line outside a Mississauga nightclub last Dec. 31. (Photo: Peel Regional Police)

Rewards of $100,000 are being offered by police for information leading to the killers who gunned down two women “in the prime of their lives” in separate incidents outside nightclubs in Mississauga’s east end.

Peel Regional Police investigators said at a press conference Monday morning outside police headquarters in Mississauga they’re determined to deliver justice to the families of both Raneilia Richards and Jackline Gore — both young women described by police as “innocent bystanders.”

The $100,000 reward in the Richards case is the first to be offered as police try to track down the killer of the 19-year-old North York woman who was shot as she stood in line outside a jam-packed Mississauga nightclub in the early morning hours last Dec. 31.

Meanwhile, an initial $25,000 reward has been upped to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person who five years ago today, on July 8, 2019, shot and killed Gore, 24, a London, Ont. native. The York University student was struck by a bullet in the overnight hours while waiting for a ride home outside a bar near Pearson Airport.

Speaking at the press conference, Peel police Insp. Todd Custance told the media there’s no evidence to indicate the murder cases are linked.

“However, we aren’t discounting that,” he added. “The cases are similar — two women struck down in the prime of their lives.”

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Jackline Gore, 24, of London, Ont., was an unintended target when she was shot to death outside Fume Bar and Lounge in Mississauga.

Police said they’ve maintained contact with the families of both victims as they hunt the killers and they’re hopeful the rewards will bring new leads.

“The suspects involved in these homicides had zero regard for the preservation of human life and the safety of others,” said Peel police Chief Nishan Duraiappah. “Their violent actions robbed the families of Jackline Gore and Raneilia Richards a future with their loved ones. I encourage anyone with information to come forward and help us find answers.”

Investigators said earlier they believe the bullet that killed Richards as she waited in line at about 1:30 a.m. outside Jungle Event Space, at Dixie Road and Eglinton Avenue East, was fired from a gun inside a grey or light-coloured SUV that quickly sped away from the scene.

Richards was standing in a line of about 100 people along with her sister and boyfriend when multiple gunshots rang out, one of the bullets striking and killing the young woman who would’ve began college that same week with a dream of working in the travel and aviation industry.

No other people were hurt.

Formerly known as HER nightclub, which shut down in late 2022 after a rash of gun violence, the location reopened several months later under the new name, Jungle Event Space.

The nightclub closed down again in the wake of the latest shooting.

This SUV was spotted speeding away from the scene after Richards was shot and killed last Dec. 31. (All photos: Peel Regional Police)

Gore, who was studying to be a clinical psychologist, was an unintended target when she was shot to death while waiting for a ride home outside Fume Bar and Lounge, on Torbram Rd. in the city’s northeast end, near Pearson Airport.

According to police, a man approached a group of men who were a short distance away from Gore and opened fire, intending to target someone in the group. Instead, the stray bullet struck Gore.

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to call Peel Regional Police at 905-453-2121, ext. 3205, or Peel Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Map shows intersection in east Mississauga (Eglinton Avenue East and Dixie Road) where Richards was killed.

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