Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Gunman dead after shooting 9, including girl, in Toronto

Gunman dead after shooting 9, including girl, in Toronto Gunman dead after shooting 9, including girl, in Toronto
Gerardo Duncan | 23 July, 2018, 10:19

Police Chief Mark Saunders appealed to members of the public to share any information they had about the incident, including video of what happened, saying investigators didn't know what prompted the attack but would be considering all possibilities. Police say a gunman opened fire on 14 people.

The suspect used a handgun to carry out the attack, which took place around 10:00 p.m. (0200 GMT) in the Greektown neighborhood. City officials blame the shootings on gang violence. According to the Toronto police, the shooter is dead.

The condition of the other victims was not known yet, police spokesperson Mark Pugash said. It was not clear if those people had been injured or were hiding.

She said she was told to run to the back of the restaurant.

Police said it was too early to comment on the motives behind the attack.

Witnesses told local media they heard around 20 shots fired as well as the sound of a weapon being reloaded.

Witness Jody Steinhauer has told CBC she was at a restaurant on Danforth Avenue with her family when she heard what sounded like 10 to 15 firecracker blasts.

Gunman dead after shooting 9, including girl, in Toronto
Gunman dead after shooting 9, including girl, in Toronto

He said the shooting was not random and terrorism had not been ruled out and that they are seeking video and photos from people and businesses in Toronto.

Toronto Councillor Paula Fletcher told CP24, a Canadian cable and satellite TV channel, that she heard that the gunman was emotionally disturbed. "It looks like someone who is very disturbed", Ms Fletcher said. The shooting comes amid a rise in gun violence in Canada's largest metropolis this year.

The alleged gunman, who was not included in the number of victims, is dead.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said the shooting on Sunday shows that there is "evidence of a gun problem" in the city.

A woman who gave her name only as Mary told the Toronto Star she was in the Pantheon restaurant on Danforth Avenue when she saw a young girl being placed on a stretcher and taken into an ambulance.

This past weekend Toronto police deployed dozens of additional officers to deal with a recent spike in gun violence in the city.

In April a white van mounted a sidewalk on a busy Toronto street and ran down pedestrians.

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