More than a dozen people were shot by a crazed gunman on Sunday evening in Toronto, Candana. The terribly tragic incident took place in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood where a 29-year-old suspect shot 14 people, killing one at the scene and a second person died later.
According to a report from the Associated Press, the man fled the scene before getting into a shootout with law enforcement in an adjacent neighborhood. He was injured in the shootout, fled, and was later found dead.
It is not clear whether the man took his own life or died as a result of injuries after being shot by police, Associated Press reports.
Per the report:
A spokeswoman for the province’s Special Investigations Unit, Monica Hudon, says three people are dead including the gunman in the Danforth Street attack. No further details were given on the second victim. Police confirmed one victim died Sunday night and a young girl was in critical condition.
Toronto police are seeking video and photos from people and businesses in the area where a gunman killed a woman and shot 13 other people in the Greektown neighborhood.
A video from one witness shows a man dressed in black firing three shots from the sidewalk into at least one shop or restaurant late Sunday. Witnesses said they heard 20 to 30 shots.
Police Chief Mark Saunders said terrorism had not been ruled out. Toronto police tweeted the shooting occurred in the Danforth and Logan avenues area of the Greektown neighborhood, a busy residential area with restaurants and cafes.
A woman was killed and a young girl was critically wounded. Saunders said the gunman died after exchanging gunfire with police.
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BREAKING: Toronto police say a second victim has died from a mass shooting in the city’s Greektown neighborhood.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 23, 2018
It is also unclear at this time what a possible motive could have been and law enforcement said they are not ruling out terrorism, ABC News reports.
“I’m not calling it random,” Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said, per the report. “I don’t know why he did what he did. He won’t be able to tell us because he is deceased.”
Here’s more from ABC News:
It’s unclear how many shots were fired but a person in the neighborhood posted a video on Twitter in which at least five shots can be heard. The user tweeted, “So scary!! The gun violence in Toronto is crazy.”
Toronto police have no motive for the shooting, and asked any eyewitnesses to come forward or anyone with video to provide it to authorities.
When asked about the suspect, Saunders said police knew “nothing at this point in time.”
Saunders could not confirm whether the shooting was an incident of terrorism but police were investigating all possibilities, he added.
“I’m keeping everything open. I’m looking at every possible motive,” he said. “I certainly don’t want to speculate, too.”
— Reuters TV (@ReutersTV) July 23, 2018
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reached out to those affected by the shooting via a statement on social media.
“My thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrible tragedy on the Danforth last night in Toronto, and may the injured make a full recovery,” Trudeau said. “The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and brave – and we’ll be there to support you through this difficult time.”
My thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrible tragedy on the Danforth last night in Toronto, and may the injured make a full recovery. The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and brave – and we’ll be there to support you through this difficult time.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 23, 2018