At least 2 dead and at least a dozen injured in public gathering near Toronto

Two people are dead and at least a dozen were injured in a shooting at the Danforth Avenue in Toronto on Sunday evening, after a gunman opened fire at a popular public gathering spot,…

At least 2 dead and at least a dozen injured in public gathering near Toronto

Two people are dead and at least a dozen were injured in a shooting at the Danforth Avenue in Toronto on Sunday evening, after a gunman opened fire at a popular public gathering spot, according to multiple news outlets. While authorities are still investigating the number of attackers, the Globe and Mail reported the suspected shooter was black and has been identified as Faisal Hussain, who is a 22-year-old from Toronto. The nationalities of two of the victims were not known.

Witnesses described hearing a number of gunshots ring out, with some appearing to come from a direction on the east side of the Danforth that had been cordoned off from vehicles. The Danforth is a popular destination for nearby residents, and is not far from Toronto’s Humber River.

Sunny Hundal, an organizer of a cycling tour called Motorcycles for Women, told the Globe that at least 25 cyclists were waiting to participate in a stop along the trail when the shooting began. The participants, many of whom were wearing orange shirts that read “Stay Calm, Ride Strong,” jumped off their bikes and grabbed each other, Hundal said. An Instagram user who appears to be one of the riders posted a selfie showing the group watching from a nearby subway station. Hundal described the moment afterward as a “calm mass exodus.”

At least 14 people were injured, according to CBC News. The Toronto Sun reported one of the victims, 35-year-old Fabiola Ficarra, was grazed by a bullet but escaped without serious injury. Bystanders at the scene told the newspaper the street was covered in blood.

One witness told reporters she heard as many as 45 shots. Another resident told the Toronto Sun that he saw a woman as tall as 5-foot-4 being shot in the face.

Several police officers, including one with a Segway, were spotted responding to the shootings around the area, according to the Globe. Police have shut down Danforth Avenue between Logan Avenue and Blair Road. Streets south of Danforth Avenue have also been closed, according to the local police forces.

A number of other people, including the suspect, have been identified, according to an online statement from Toronto police:

Speaking at a news conference, Chief Mark Saunders said officers confronted and shot Hussain, who then died. A woman is believed to have been found dead at the scene. Two other people were also shot in the incident and have been transported to trauma centers. Their injuries are not life-threatening. A second woman was found dead at the scene and her cause of death is not yet known. A 17-year-old girl was found inside a vehicle, the only vehicle that was struck by gunfire, but it is unclear how she is connected to the shooting, police said.

“The investigation is in its early stages,” Saunders said, adding police are interviewing witnesses and taking statements from residents in the Danforth area. He said there is no information linking the incident to terrorism.

On Twitter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences to the victims’ families. “Canadians are heartbroken by this senseless act of violence,” he wrote.

Danforth Ave. closed for an extended period, area, a stop on the GTA NCTO trail is being shut down during an investigation. @onpoli @TOMTO pic.twitter.com/3LmmJhFEu3 — Yasmin Chauhan (@YasminChauhan1) May 13, 2018

Read the full story at The New York Times, CBC, The Globe and Mail and Toronto Sun.

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