Gunman dead after shooting 14, killing one, in Toronto: Canadian police

Published: July 23, 2018
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Police said the gunman had used a handgun. Earlier reports said nine people had been shot.

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Police said the gunman had used a handgun. Earlier reports said nine people had been shot. PHOTO:REUTERS

MONTREAL: Fourteen people, including a young girl, were shot near downtown Toronto, police in Canada’s biggest city said on Sunday, with one person killed and the gunman also dead.

The young girl was in a critical condition, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said.

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

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Paramedics, firefighters and police converged on the shooting in Toronto’s east end, which has many popular restaurants, cafes and shops.

Police said the gunman had used a handgun. Earlier reports said nine people had been shot.

Reports of gunfire in the city’s Greektown neighborhood began at 10 ppm local time , CityNews.com said.

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Witnesses said they heard 25 gunshots, the news website reported.

Toronto is grappling with a sharp rise in gun violence this year. Deaths from gun violence in the city jumped 53 per cent to 26 so far in 2018 from the same period last year, police data last week showed, with the number of shootings rising 13 per cent.

Toronto Police officers walk the scene at Danforth St. at the scene of a shooting in Toronto. PHOTO:AFP

Toronto Police officers walk the scene at Danforth St. at the scene of a shooting in Toronto.
PHOTO:AFP

Toronto deployed about 200 police officers from July 20 in response to the recent spate in shootings, which city officials have blamed on gang violence.

A Toronto Police Officer stands watch at Danforth St. at the scene of a shooting in Toronto. PHOTO:AFP

A Toronto Police Officer stands watch at Danforth St. at the scene of a shooting in Toronto.
PHOTO:AFP

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Toronto Mayor John Tory told reporters that the city has a gun problem and guns were too readily available to too many people.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Parvez
    Jul 23, 2018 - 3:35PM

    America’s sickness has spread across the border……Canada needs to act and act fast.Recommend

  • SHAH S
    Jul 23, 2018 - 7:38PM

    Canada also needs to build a wall on its south border similar to the one being built in the south of US border.. and as America President says.. to keep bad guys out; Recommend

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