Toronto construction VP gunned down riding horse
Don Frigo (Ontario Out of Doors magazine website)
CLINTON, Ont. -- A Toronto construction executive was shot and killed while riding a horse near a wildlife conservation area Saturday.
The man's female companion, identified by co-workers as his wife, was injured and a large OPP investigation is underway involving the force's emergency response team.
Those are the scant details the OPP released at a brief news conference Monday afternoon in Clinton about the death of Donato Frigo, 70, of Caledon East, Ont.
Frigo and the woman were riding horses near the Hullett Wildlife Conservation Area when they were approached just after 5 p.m. Saturday by an unknown man who shot Frigo. OPP Det. Insp. Chris Avery said.
The woman suffered minor injuries but was able to escape.
Avery and Huron OPP Commander Chris Martin declined to take questions from reporters after reading short prepared texts.
Asked if the shooting was a targeted attack or if there were public safety issues, reporters were told a news release would be issued and they should contact the name at the bottom.
A Clinton businessperson who declined to give his name said people would like to know more, but police have to be careful not to jeopardize their investigation.
"It's tricky for them, especially with social media spreading things so quickly. That's where I got a lot of my information. You just don't know what is right," he said.
Frigo and his wife Eva had taken part in a dog training competition at the wildlife park, said shocked acquaintances and colleagues. Though police didn't identify Eva, condolences surfaced online, wishing her a speedy recovery.
Employees at Hady Construction Associates, a Toronto-area construction firm of which Frigo was a vice-president, were "in a daze" Monday.
"We're stunned," said Peter Naccarato, who worked with Frigo for more than 30 years. "This is not something anybody is prepared to receive, news like this. It's very sad."
Naccarato said colleagues had heard of the shooting during the weekend, and knew Frigo and his wife were there for a dog and horse meet, but it wasn't until Monday morning, when they saw an online thread tribute to Frigo on the Ontario Out of Doors website, that they realized it was him.
Naccarato said he had "not a clue," who would have wanted to hurt Frigo. "Nobody knows anything."
Frigo had been going to the same field to flush out game for the last 15 years, Naccarato said.
"It's a sad day. He loved his dogs and had a passion for horses."
The Frigos had taken part in a competition, where they were running dogs from horseback.
"From what I understand, it happened after everybody had left the grounds," said Piper Huffman, spokesman for the Amateur Field Trials Clubs of America (AFTCA) that held the meet.
"It's absolutely awful. I just cannot believe it."