Toronto: Shooter wanted to "kill as many people as he could"

UPDATE 4.30am: A 10-YEAR-OLD girl and 18-year-old woman have been confirmed dead and 13 others are injured after a gunman went on a deadly rampage along a busy Toronto street.

The killer mowed people down with a handgun outside a restaurant in the Canadian city's Greektown at around 10pm on Sunday local time.

He died after an exchange of gunfire with police.

Witness Andrew Matzios said he had just said goodbye to some friends when he saw a man in a dark baseball cap begin firing at people waiting to cross the road, before turning and shooting into a gyros store.

"He has this look in his face full of hate - he was trying to kill people - like a dog baring his teeth," Mr Matzios told the Edmonton Journal.

A woman then ran past the shooter and stumbled, added the witness. The gunman stopped firing, turned and shot her two or three times as she lay on the ground.

"He went back and finished her off," said Mr Matzios, who described it as an execution.

"The woman who died on the scene, she was shot in front of my eyes."

The shooter then returned to the corner, still shooting.

"Obviously he wanted to do the most damage, kill as many people as he could," said Mr Matzios.

Toronto Police chief Mark Saunders said the injured ranged in age from 10 to 59, and were being treated in hospital.

At least five of those shot were in a serious or critical, but stable, condition. St Michael's Hospital trauma surgeon Dr Najma Ahmed said three of those people needed immediate life-saving surgery.

Mr Saunders refused to release the suspect's name. He said authorities "do not know why this has happened yet" but did not rule out terrorism.

UPDATE 1am: POLICE say a second victim has died after a gunman opened fire on a busy Toronto restaurant strip, injuring 13 people including a child who is in a critical condition.

Three people are dead including the gunman after the shooting in the city's Greektown neighbourhood, a spokeswoman for the province's Special Investigations Unit, Monica Hudon, said.

Police Chief Mark Saunders said the attack was not random and he did not rule out terrorism as a motive. 

He said a nine-year-old girl was in a critical condition.

Just hours after he pulled out his gun, eyewitnesses shared video footage of the moment the lone man pulled the trigger.

The footage was shot from a second storey balcony shows a man, dressed from head to toe in black, walking quickly down the Danforth Avenue footpath. He then pulls a pistol as he turned towards a shop front.

Witnesses say he continued firing as he moved on, with victims seen scattered across a wide area. The scene was described as a "crazy" scene of "carnage".

UPDATE 4pm: MULTIPLE people including a child have been shot and at least one woman killed in a mass shooting across several blocks in the Canadian city of Toronto.

A police spokesman told local media the shooting occurred outside a restaurant on the corner of Logan and Danforth avenues in Greektown about 10pm Sunday local time.

Toronto Police chief Mark Saunders said a "man with a handgun" shot 14 people, killing a "young lady" and leaving a little girl aged "eight or nine" in a critical condition.

The other victims are being treated in hospital but their conditions were not immediately clear.

Mr Saunders confirmed that a fifteenth person, the gunman, was killed after an "exchange of gunfire" with authorities.

Witnesses have shared video footage online of the moment the lone gunman, dressed completely in black, opened fire on the busy strip which is popular with locals and tourists for its many restaurants, cafes and shops.

A gunman pulls a pistol and fires into a restaurant in a popular Toronto night spot.
A gunman pulls a pistol and fires into a restaurant in a popular Toronto night spot. Twitter

In one clip, filmed from a second storey balcony, the gunman can be seen walking with purpose along a footpath on Danforth Ave. He then pulls out a handgun, turns towards a building, and starts shooting.

Police responded to reports of up to 25 shots being fired near the Brass Taps Pizza Pub. Local reporter Jeremy Chohn tweeted: "Victims are spread across many blocks".

EARLIER: MULTIPLE people have reportedly been killed in a mass shooting across several blocks in the Canadian city of Toronto.

A police spokesperson told local media the shooting occurred outside a restaurant on the corner of Logan and Danforth avenues in Greektown about 10pm Sunday local time.

Fourteen people have been shot, with a nine-year-old girl killed, and at least one of the victims in a critical condition.

Toronto Police have confirmed that a fifteenth person, the gunman, has been killed. Police responded to reports of up to 25 shots being fired near the Brass Taps Pizza Pub. Local reporter Jeremy Chohn tweeted: "Victims are spread across many blocks".

Toronto EMS Deputy Commander Shawn Staff said between five and fifteen people were transported to local hospitals, including two adult trauma centres and one pediatric hospital.

He could not provide the number of patients, but said they were dealing with "several high acuity critically injured patients, including one child."

Local reporter Jeremy Chohn tweeted: "Victims are spread across many blocks". Witnesses told CityNews that they heard up to 25 gunshots. One resident has uploaded a video to Twitter in which shots can be heard ringing out.

"Holy sh*t! The shooting on the Danforth happened right in front of my place," she wrote.

"I was watching a movie and all I heard were gun shots … so scary.

"I don't feel safe in Toronto anymore, not even in my own neighbourhood."

A witness who was standing near the scene told CTV that he heard about 20 shots and the sound of the weapon being reloaded repeatedly.  

"And then, I saw the carnage as I ran down the street here to kind of follow the gunfire," the man told the station, who described the scene as "pretty crazy."   "I saw at least four people shot," he said.  

One local resident has uploaded a video to Twitter in which shots can be heard ringing out.   "Holy sh*t! The shooting on the Danforth happened right in front of my place," she wrote.  

"I was watching a movie and all I heard were gun shots … so scary. "I don't feel safe in Toronto anymore, not even in my own neighbourhood."  

Witness Jody Steinhauer told CBC she was at a restaurant on Danforth Avenue with her family when she heard what sounded like 10 to 15 firecracker blasts,

She said customers were then told to run to the back of the restaurant.   "We started to hear people scream out front," Ms Steinhauer said.  

There are reports that the  shooter has been killed.

Emergency services, including police with their weapons drawn, are at the scene and a large cordon is in place.

Six victims have been transported to trauma centres, one to paediatric trauma, two to local hospitals and an unconfirmed number of people are still being treated on the scene, according to paramedics.


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

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has condemned the "horrific" shooting.

"My heart goes out to the victims and loved ones of the horrific act of gun violence in Toronto," he wrote in a statement.

"Thank you to all the first responders for acting quickly to help everyone affected."

A police officer escorts a civilian away from the scene of a shooting, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Toronto. Picture: AP
A police officer escorts a civilian away from the scene of a shooting, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Toronto. Picture: AP


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