A woman was killed and 13 injured after a shooting in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood Sunday night, according to Toronto police. The shooter is also
A woman was killed and 13 injured after a shooting in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood Sunday night, according to Toronto police. The shooter is also dead, bringing the total death toll from the incident to two.
The shooting happened near Danforth and Logan Ave. just after 10 p.m.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said police arrived at the scene and quickly identified the suspect, who was armed with a handgun. An exchange of gunfire ensued, and Saunders said the shooter likely died of gunshot wounds.
A young woman was killed in the shooting, Saunders said, and a nine-year-old girl is in critical condition.
The 13 wounded persons were taken to multiple Toronto hospitals.
A video of the incident posted to social media shows the alleged gunman walking up a sidewalk, before turning and firing his weapon. The video is expected to be a key component in the police investigation.
Eyewitness Andreas Mantzios told Global News that the gunman shot the woman dead as she was trying to run away, and shot her multiple times while she was down. Mantzios, who was having coffee with friends when the incident began, said he saw other people struck by gunfire, and blood everywhere.
Police chief Saunders appealed to members of the public to come forward with any information that could be helpful in the investigation.
He said the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has been notified of the shootings. The SIU is an independent agency that investigates police-involved incidents resulting in death and serious injury.
Toronto Mayor John Tory called the shooting an “unspeakable and incomprehensible” incident, and reiterated Saunders’ plea for any members of the public who were in the area to come forward with information.
My evening was nice until I heard shooting right out of my place on the danforth. So scary!! The gun violence in Toronto is crazy. pic.twitter.com/eNHLlUlp6r
— n💫 (@nsxoxoii) July 23, 2018
Tory said there were many people in the area — which is home to several restaurants and bars — at the time of the shooting. He urged anyone with cellphone video, dash camera video or eyewitness information to reach out to police.
Tory appealed for calm, and urged Torontonians to avoid jumping to conclusions about what happened, saying the police themselves have not made any determinations as to the shooter’s motives.
“Please don’t draw any conclusions, please wait for the police to do their job,” he said
Witnesses told Global News that some people were still holed up in pubs and restaurants as of 1:50 a.m. early Monday morning, nearly four hours after the shooting was first reported.
Sunday night’s mass shooting comes almost exactly three months after the van attack in the city’s North York area, which left 10 dead.
“We were so used to living in a city where these things didn’t happen… we thought they didn’t happen here, or couldn’t or shouldn’t,” said Tory.