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Multiple casualties in Toronto shooting: reports

Toronto police chief says one victim dead and 13 injured in mass shooting

  • Plainclothes police officers work the scene of shooting in Toronto on Sunday, July 22, 2018. Image Credit: AP
  • A police officer escorts a civilian away from the scene of a shooting, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Toronto. Image Credit: AP

Toronto: A gunman opened fire in central Toronto on Sunday night, killing a woman and injuring 13 others before being shot dead, police reported.

Toronto police chief Mark Saunders says a young woman was killed in the shooting Sunday night. He also says a young girl is in critical condition.

"We are looking at all possible motives... and not closing any doors," Saunders told reporters at the site of the shooting.

Police spokesman Mark Pugash says the condition of the other victims is not known yet. He says it's too early to say whether the shooting is terrorism.

Toronto Police said they had responded to a call at around 10pm (0200 GMT Monday) in the city's Greektown district.

"Conditions of victims not known yet. A young girl is one of the 9 victims," the police department tweeted.

The police said the nine victims did "not include the shooter who is dead."

Global News quoted a Toronto police source as saying the suspect is believed to have opened fire at police before killing himself.

Witnesses described to local media hearing about 20 shots and the sound of a weapon being reloaded several times.

Twitter user James Wattie has posted a video apparently showing the shooter.

 

Ontario Premier Doug Ford tweeted out a message of solidary with the victims, saying: "My heart goes out to the victims and loved ones of the horrific act of gun violence in Toronto.

"Thank you to all the first responders for acting quickly to help everyone affected."

Local television station CP24 showed images of multiple ambulances and other first responders at the scene, with several people being treated by paramedics.

 

 

 

The incident comes with Canada's largest metropolis concerned over a spate of shootings, more than 200, this year. About two dozen have been fatal.

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