Kaela Johnson, Eli Ridder | Report

A total of 15 people were shot in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood late on Sunday at Danforth and Logan avenues, resulting in two fatalities that included the shooter and one victim. 

Local emergency services arrived at the scene around 10 p.m. with witnesses describing several blasts that sounded like firecrackers as Toronto Police worked to secure the scene in Canada’s largest city.

During a press conference at 12:30 a.m., Chief Mark Saunders said 13 victims were sent to hospital and an additional young girl was in “critical condition”, but was unsure whether the suspect’s firefight with police was what killed the gunman.

Police are unsure if the suspect acted alone, or had an accomplice.

Police were not aware of any “credible” threat to the city that resembled in any way what occurred on the popular Danforth Ave, Mr. Saunders told gathered media.

Mayor John Tory said “people should not reach any conclusions because police themselves have not yet drawn any conclusions from what happened here.”

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, according to city data.

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


Social media

Posts on Twitter showed witness reaction to the incident.

Police are unsure if the suspect acted alone, or had an accomplice.


 

Featured image by CP24.

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