“When violence like this takes place in our city, we all have to stand up and say we won’t tolerate it.”
Yesterday evening chaos erupted at the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto after a shooter let off a string of bullets in the packed food court on the lower level of the mall.
The barrage of bullets killed a 25-year-old man, injured seven other people and sparked a hysterical mass exodus of the huge multi-level shopping centre around 6:30 p.m.
Among those injured in the incident, police said a 20-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy were in critical condition, and a woman and a man had serious injuries. A pregnant woman who was trampled in the rush to get out of the mall went into labour and another woman was grazed by a bullet.
The shooting appears to have been a targeted one that left innocent bystanders caught in the middle, and police vowed to track the suspect down.
Police are now going through video surveillance and cross referencing witness statements as they try to pull together a clear picture of the shooting and the person who was holding the gun.
“It was unbelievable … It was out of the blue,” said 19-year-old Marcus Neves-Polonio who was working in the mall’s food court when he saw a man pull out a gun and start firing.
“As soon as I heard the gunshots, I ducked under the table.”
Others who saw the shooting scrambled for cover behind chairs, in washrooms and nearby stores, while others sprinted for the exits upstairs.
St. Michael’s Hospital along with other places in the surrounding area were put on lockdown as soon as news of this horrifying incident broke out.
This is NOT a Toronto that I want to know.
When did the Eaton Centre become a gun range? Do people have such disregard for the lives innocent bystanders that they are not afraid to shoot up the busiest mall in downtown Toronto in broad daylight?
I love walking around this mall & I can’t help thinking what would have happened to me if I was there?
My heart goes out to the people that were killed, injured & scared for their lives.
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