A girl was once killed and 13 other folks had been injured after a person with a handgun opened hearth on a bustling road in Toronto on Sunday evening, the police mentioned.
The gunman, who was once no longer known, died it appears of gunshot wounds, Chief Mark Saunders of the Toronto Police Service mentioned early Monday. He mentioned that once his officials arrived, there was once an trade of gunfire.
Chief Saunders mentioned a lady, round eight years previous, was once in essential situation. He didn’t element the severity of the opposite accidents.
The government mentioned they’d no longer known a cause and the executive mentioned he would no longer rule out terrorism. The police had been searching for knowledge from witnesses and the general public.
“When you have this many people that are struck by gunfire, it’s a grave concern,” he mentioned. “I’m not closing any doors.”
John Tory, the mayor of Toronto, posted a commentary on Twitter condemning the taking pictures as “despicable.”
“While our city will always be resilient in the face of such attacks, it does not mean such a cowardly act committed against our residents is any less painful — this is an attack against innocent families and our entire city,” he mentioned.
The Toronto police had been known as to the nook of Danforth and Logan Avenues, within the town’s Greektown community, round 10 p.m. Sunday, Mark Pugash, a police spokesman, mentioned.
Andreas Papadopoulos, a bartender on the Greek eating place Mezes, mentioned the team of workers to start with concept there have been fireworks. But a co-worker who went outdoor to analyze was once briefly stuck in gunfire. Another co-worker who pulled the individual again inside of, Mr. Papadopoulos mentioned, was once shot within the hand and taken to a health facility.
“There was a whole bunch of commotion,” he mentioned. “There is lots of blood here.”
Restaurants alongside Danforth Avenue had been locked down after the mass taking pictures.
“The world is definitely in flux, and I don’t care where you live, you’re not safe anywhere anymore,” mentioned John Klianis, who was once running at Pappas Grill when he heard gunfire.
Media reports mentioned about 20 pictures were fired within the house.
Gun violence is much rarer in Canada than it’s within the United States. But the choice of shootings in Toronto has doubled lately, according to data from the Toronto Police Service. The town had 177 shootings in 2014 and 395 in 2017, and is on tempo to surpass that mark this 12 months.
In April, 10 folks had been killed in Toronto when the motive force of a apartment van struck dozens of pedestrians on a sidewalk. The guy accused of riding the van, Alek Minassian, had posted a message adverse to ladies on-line handiest moments sooner than the rampage started, the police mentioned.
Last 12 months, Canada was once shaken by way of a shooting at a mosque in Quebec that left six dead and 8 others wounded in what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau briefly categorised a “terrorist attack on Muslims.”
“We have a gun problem,” Mr. Tory mentioned at Monday’s information convention.
“It’s almost inconceivable that these things can happen,” he mentioned. “It’s a tragedy any which way you look at it.”