At least two people are dead, including a gunman, and more than a dozen injured after a shooting Sunday night in Toronto’s Danforth neighborhood, authorities said.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said an assailant opened fire with a handgun around 10 p.m. local time in the popular Greektown area, shooting 13 people before exchanging gunfire with police officers. The suspect later died.
One other person, described as a “young lady,” died from her injuries and a 9-year-old girl is in the hospital in critical condition. Saunders said there was no known motive for the attack, but authorities are still investigating the incident.
“I’m looking at absolutely every single possible motive here,” the police chief said during a press briefing early Monday morning. “When you have this many people struck by gunfire, it’s a grave concern.”
Officials said many of the victims had been transported to area hospitals. Their conditions are not known.
Witness reported hearing as many as 15 to 20 gunshots in the Danforth and Logan area, which hosts several popular bars and restaurants. Several witnesses posted videos taken near the scene to social media, including audio of shots ringing out through the neighborhood.
Toronto Mayor John Tory issued a call for help from citizens that were in the area, asking any bystanders to share information from the evening to help authorities determine what happened. He also urged the city to avoid drawing “any conclusions” and to “wait for the police to do their jobs.”
“People should not reach any conclusions because the police themselves have not yet drawn any conclusions,” the mayor said at a news briefing. “Every little bit of information is going to help the police to do their job.”
Tory said the night reflected the city’s ongoing “gun problem” and said firearms were “too readily available to too many people.”
“There are too many people carrying around guns and using them in whatever matter they are using them,” he said. “We have a gun problem.”
Doug Ford, the premier of Ontario, said late Sunday his “heart goes out to the victims and loved ones of the horrific act of gun violence.”
PHOTOS: Numerous people shot along Danforth Av in #Toronto's Greektown. Reports of at least 10 victims including children. Patients are spread across several blocks in the area. Mass casualty response from @TorontoMedics @Toronto_Fire. pic.twitter.com/UK8lUHUP5l
— Jeremy Cohn (@JeremyGlobalTV) July 23, 2018
This is a truly difficult mass casualty incident. Paramedics are working extremely hard right now in Toronto. https://t.co/RgGIdE2olr
— TO Paramedic Union (@416TPSUnit) July 23, 2018
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