Toronto police were called to an area outside a restaurant on Danforth Avenue near Logan Avenue around 10 p.m. following reports of multiple gunshots. Witnesses told that they heard up to 25 gunshots.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre said its trauma centre received three patients. The others who were injured were taken to hospitals across the city. A young girl, believed to be eight or nine years old, is among the injured currently in hospital in a “critical state.”
Late Sunday night, police Chief Mark Saunders said the shooter exchanged fire with police officers, though no officers were injured. It is not yet clear if the suspect died as a result of the standoff or if it was a self-inflicted injury
The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said the suspect was walking along the Danforth when he “fired shots at groups of people several times.”
“Several people were struck. Two civilians were fatally injured,” the SIU said in a release on Monday.
The suspect was tracked down Police tracked down on nearby Bowden Street and exchanged gunfire with the suspect. He then fled the area and was found dead on Danforth Avenue.
“I’m not calling it random. This person was here and he definitely shot. I don’t know why he did what he did, “ said Police Chief Mark Saunders
Saunders would not speculate on what the motive may have been behind the attack, including the possibility that it may have been a terrorist incident.
He said, “I’m keeping everything open, I’m looking at absolutely every single possible motive for this. When you have this many people struck by gunfire it’s a grave concern. I certainly want to find out exactly what it is, so I’m not closing any doors or any chapters on this and I certainly don’t want to speculate as well.”
Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the shootings or may have video or information about the shooting to contact them.
Saunders said, “We’re looking for anyone that saw anything, and this is critical, because what happens is a lot of times people will tend to vet out their information, when in fact it can be extremely important to our investigation.|
“It is very crucial for us to put all of these pieces together to figure out exactly what happened.”