3 Dead, 12 Injured In Toronto ShootingWitness reported hearing as many as 15 to 20 gunshots in the city's Danforth area.Three people were killed, including a gunman, and a dozen others were injured in a shooting Sunday night in Toronto’s Danforth neighborhood, authorities said.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said an assailant opened fire with a handgun around 10 p.m. local time in the popular Greektown area, shooting 14 people before exchanging gunfire with police officers. The suspect later died.
One victim, described as a “young lady,” died from her injuries. A second person, who has not been publicly identified, has also died, a spokesperson for the Special Investigations Unit said on Monday morning. A 9-year-old girl remains hospitalized in critical condition, according to HuffPost Canada.
Saunders said there was no known motive for the attack, but authorities are still investigating.
“I’m looking at absolutely every single possible motive here,” the police chief said during a press briefing early Monday. “When you have this many people struck by gunfire, it’s a grave concern.”
The gunman, only described as 29 years old, was found dead in a nearby alley following an exchange of gunfire with police. It wasn’t clear how he was shot, the Globe and Mail reported.
Officials said many of the victims had been transported to area hospitals. Their conditions are not known.
Witness reported hearing as many as 15 to 20 gunshots in the Danforth and Logan area, which hosts several popular bars and restaurants. Several witnesses posted videos taken near the scene to social media, including audio of shots ringing out through the neighborhood.
Toronto Mayor John Tory issued a call for help from citizens that were in the area, asking any bystanders to share information from the evening to help authorities determine what happened. He also urged the city to avoid drawing “any conclusions” and to “wait for the police to do their jobs.”
“People should not reach any conclusions because the police themselves have not yet drawn any conclusions,” the mayor said at a news briefing. “Every little bit of information is going to help the police to do their job.”
Tory said the night reflected the city’s ongoing “gun problem” and said firearms were “too readily available to too many people.”
“There are too many people carrying around guns and using them in whatever matter they are using them,” he said. “We have a gun problem.”
Doug Ford, the premier of Ontario, said late Sunday his “heart goes out to the victims and loved ones of the horrific act of gun violence.”
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also expressed support and condolences to those affected by the violence in a statement posted to Twitter on Monday.
“The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and brave – and we’ll be there to support you through this difficult time,” Trudeau wrote.
This article has been updated to include the latest casualty figures.