Toronto shooting: Two dead, 13 injured

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A woman, who only gave her first name as Mary, said she was in the Pantheon Restaurant on Danforth Avenue when she saw a little girl who appeared to be about seven or eight years old on a stretcher being placed in an ambulance.

One person is dead and 13 people are injured after a gunman opened fire in the middle of the street late Sunday in Toronto.

Homicide is taking the lead on the situation now and Saunders has said that the additional police presence in the area did work to their advantage in response time.

The shooter was killed in an "exchange of gunfire" after police arrived on the scene, Saunders told reporters at a news conference early Monday morning. The shooter is dead, while the condition of the nine people who were shot at is not yet known.

Video reportedly taken from the scene captured the sound of gunfire as pedestrians ducked into nearby buildings.

Saunders said he could not confirm whether the shooting was an incident of terrorism, but police were investigating all possibilities.

My evening was nice until I heard shooting right out of my place on the danforth. She said customers were then told to run to the back of the restaurant.

People leave an area taped off by the police near the scene of a mass shooting in Toronto
People leave an area taped off by the police near the scene of a mass shooting in Toronto

"I saw at least four people shot", he said.

Toronto police said they have no motive for the shooting, and asked any eyewitnesses to come forward or anyone with video to provide it to police.

Toronto is grappling with a sharp rise in gun violence this year.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to call Toronto Police Homicide overnight at 416-808-5504.

"My heart goes out to the victims and loved ones of the horrific act of gun violence in Toronto", he wrote in a statement. Why do people have guns, why do they need them?

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has announced that subway trains are bypassing Chester station "due to police activity" in the area.

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