A gunman walked through a busy street in Toronto on Sunday night and opened fire, causing fear and terror across the city. He killed two people and injured an additional 13 people. Among the two killed were a 10 and 18 year old girl. According to Detective Sgt. Terry Browne, many of those people are suffering life-threatening injuries. The victims range from 10-59 years old. Though a number of hours have passed since the tragedy, many details still remain unknown. Ontario’s Special Investigation Unit said that the suspect is a 29-year old man from Toronto. The suspect was involved in a shootout with police and eventually was found dead in a residential area.
On Monday, police declined to state the motive of the shooter. However, officials are not ruling out any motive yet, including terrorism. The tragic shooting last night comes about 3 months after a man killed 10 people after driving a van into a busy sidewalk in Toronto.
In the past, Toronto has also been known to be one of the safer cities in North America. The Wall Street Journal reported that shootings in Toronto, North America’s 4th largest city, has increased over the past few years. As of yesterday (July 22), there have been 228 shootings in Toronto. This is an 11% increase than what it was last year on the same day.
Toronto Mayor John Tory stated that Toronto, and Canada as well, “have a gun problem” and that “guns are too readily available to too many people.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated this morning that “the people of Toronto are strong, resilient, and brave.” He also expressed his support to all the people during the difficult time. Trudeau’s “thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrible tragedy on the Danforth last night in Toronto.”
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