‘We’re living in a different world now. When you look at the global issues, when you look at motivations for doing these things, and you know that urban cities are much more vulnerable to these.’ So says Toronto police chief Mark Saunders after an unidentified man opened fire into a restaurant last night.
The shooter then moved down the street, shooting more people as he went.
The shooting spree lasted just minutes but spanned blocks, sparking terror across the busy Greektown neighbourhood around 10 p.m. Sunday as diners and patrons ran for cover, some initially mistaking the gunshots as fire crackers.
Andrew Mantzios was having a coffee with friends by the fountain at Danforth and Logan Avenues – a popular gathering spot for residents – when he heard gunshots ring out, around 10 p.m.
He turned and saw a man, dressed in all black, walking toward them with a handgun. “He had this horrible expression on his face.”
The man, he said, was pointing his gun and firing at a crowd of people standing on the corner of the intersection, waiting to cross the street. Somebody yelled to get down.
After an exchange of gunfire with police, the shooter was found dead in an alley, though it isn’t clear if he was shot by police or committed suicide.
A gunman opened fire in Toronto’s Greektown district on Sunday night, leaving 13 people injured – including a young girl – and one dead #torontoshooting
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) July 23, 2018