Police arrest 74-year-old man in shooting that left him blinded

A 74-year-old man who had been repeatedly shot in the head — once with a shotgun and two other times with a rifle — was arrested on Thursday on child pornography charges, police said.

The man, identified by police as a resident of Scarborough, was arrested on Thursday evening on two charges of making, possessing and distributing child pornography.

The attack on the man, identified by the National Post as David Mao, began when a man shot him in the head on the 4200 block of 5th Avenue South at about 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday. Mr. Mao, who died after being taken to the hospital, worked at an ice cream parlor in east Toronto.

The man had also been shot several times in March, and he was hit by two more shotgun blasts.

Witnesses said Mr. Mao may have been coming home from a restaurant or from the grocery store, but he was outside, talking to someone in a vehicle and walking on the sidewalk.

Andrew Cook, who lives nearby, said Mr. Mao was standing up on a stoop and then fell backwards, a few minutes after the gun went off.

“It wasn’t like he was down all of a sudden. He was still walking around. He said nothing. He didn’t say anything,” Mr. Cook told the National Post.

On Friday, the Toronto resident said he still had some shrapnel in his head.

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