Mass shooting in Toronto, many said to be injured

Saul Bowman
July 24, 2018

One woman has been killed and at least 13 people wounded, including a young girl, after a gunman opened fire in the Canadian city of Toronto before being shot dead by police, officials said.

A spokeswoman for the Special Investigations Unit, Monica Hudon, would not say whether the gunman was shot dead by police and said his identity was still being confirmed.

The motive for the attack is now unknown, however police confirmed the shooter died following an exchange of gunfire with officers.

A nine-year-old girl was taken to a pediatric trauma centre and is in a critical condition, police said. It said the man fled, then was found dead back at the scene. It is unclear whether he killed himself, or if the ongoing shootout with police ended his life. Authorities said it is too early in the investigation to determine if there is a terrorism link. Thirteen others were injured, ranging in ages from 10 to 59, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said at a Monday news conference.

"Conditions of victims not known yet".

"We do not know why this happened yet", Police Chief Mark Saunders said.

The injured have been rushed to hospital with gunshot injuries after the shooting that occurred around 10 pm local time in an area outside a restaurant in Danforth, said The Globe and Mail.

Police at the scene of the shooting.

Police work the scene of a shooting in Toronto on Sunday
Police work the scene of a shooting in Toronto on Sunday

"We started to hear people scream out front", Steinhauer said, adding that she had been told four to six people had been shot.

Mr Tory said the city has a gun problem.

Toronto Councillor Paula Fletcher told CP24, a Canadian cable and satellite TV channel, that she heard that the gunman was emotionally disturbed.

According to local media reports, the police was interviewing witnesses about the shooting who reportedly heard "several gun shots". "We were so used to living in a city where these things didn't happen and as we saw them going on in the world around us [we] thought they couldn't happen here".

The incident comes with Canada's largest metropolis concerned over a surge of shootings.

"My thoughts are with everyone affected by the awful tragedy on the Danforth last night in Toronto, and may the injured make a full recovery", he wrote Monday morning.

A bomb disposal robot is seen deployed inside the police cordon near the scene of a mass shooting in Toronto on July 23, 2018.

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