Monday, 6 December 2021

Toronto mall evacuated after gunshots

OTTAWA: A fight between two groups of young men that culminated in shots being fired on Thursday prompted the evacuation of a mall in Toronto, a month after a mass shooting in the nation’s largest city left two dead.

Police Superintendent Rob Johnson said the shooting took place on the east side of the gigantic Yorkdale Shopping Centre that is popular with locals.

It began, he said, as an altercation between “two groups of males” with three or more on each side. “At least two shots” were fired by one person with a handgun, before fleeing.

One person was taken away by paramedics in an ambulance, but police said it was “not as a direct result of the shots fired.”

A handful of others also suffered minor injuries as they rushed to the exits after the shots rang out, said Johnson.

Television images showed scores of shoppers and retail clerks lining the sidewalks and parking lots outside the mall, which is one of the largest in Canada, in Toronto’s north end.

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