3 people are dead and 12 others injured in a mass shooting in Toronto. The 29 year old gunman was shot dead in a shootout with members of the Toronto Police Service. The Toronto mass shooting left 3 dead and 12 injured.
The mass shooting took place on a busy Sunday evening in the Danforth neighbourhood of Toronto.
TORONTO’S DANFORTH NEIGHBOURHOOD
The Danforth neighbourhood of Toronto is famous for its Greek restaurants and stores. The area became popular with Greek immigrants after World War I. In the 1980s it became the largest Greektown in North America.
Families were out enjoying a beautiful Sunday evening when a still unidentified gunman opened fire.
Calls started coming in to 911 at 10pm, with Toronto police responding within a few minutes of the first calls.
HEAVY POLICE RESPONSE
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders joined Toronto Mayor John Tory took questions from members of the local media at the scene.
The police chief said that there was an exchange of gunfire between the gunman and police officers, but did not indicate whether or not the gunman was killed by police or from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The province’s Special Investigations Unit SIU is at the scene.
The police chief said that they do not know of any motives as of this time.
Witnesses described the gunman as having light skin, wearing all black clothes. He used a handgun during the mass shooting, firing into the crowd of people through store windows.
Panic ensued immediately after the first shots were fired, with people running for cover as the gunman walked down the sidewalk, firing his weapon at random.
OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT ACROSS CANADA AND THE WORLD
Politicians from all over Canada conveyed their sorrow and offered word of support to the victims of the mass shooting, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The prime minister sent out this tweet early Monday morning:
“My thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrible tragedy on the Danforth last night in Toronto, and may the injured make a full recovery. The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and brave – and we’ll be there to support you through this difficult time.”
NO FILIPINOS AMONG CASUALTIES
The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto is still trying to determine if there are any Filipinos involved in the mass shooting.
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