UPDATE: Toronto Police say a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman were killed in Sunday’s mass shooting incident. Their identities have not been released. 13 others were injured. They range in age from 10 to 59-years-old Police will not speculate on a motive.
A gunman and two victims are dead and 12 others are in hospital after a shooting in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood on Sunday evening, police say.
One person killed is a woman. One of the injured, a young girl aged eight or nine, is in critical condition, according to authorities.
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which probes police-involved shootings, said the suspected gunman, 29, is also dead. Police, meanwhile, are working to determine what may have led to the violence.
The Toronto police homicide squad said all families of the victims have been notified.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders urged the public to share any information they have about the shooting, including video of what happened. He said police don’t know what prompted the attack but are investigating all possibilities.
According to the SIU, a man walking along Danforth Avenue fired at groups of people several times at about 10 p.m. ET on Sunday. Saunders said the man was armed with a handgun.
The SIU said police located the gunman on Bowden Street, near Danforth and Broadview Aves., and an exchange of gunfire took place. The SIU said the gunman fled from the area and was found dead on Danforth Avenue.
Saunders said it’s not clear how the suspect died but no officers were injured.
B.C. premier John Horgan posted a message on social media in the hours after the incident.
“I’m shocked and deeply saddened by the shooting in Toronto’s Danforth neighbourhood,” he wrote.
“To the heroic first responders and friends and family of those affected: we in British Columbia are with you tonight.“
With files from CBC