Toronto mass shooting: Three dead and several injured

Image copyright UNIVERISTY OF TORONTO Image caption Cordoba Police Chief Mark Saunders said there was “a long history” between the three men

Cordoba Police Chief Mark Saunders says one of the three people killed in a mass shooting on Sunday in Toronto was a 29-year-old man and the other two were men aged 45 and 44.

Mr Saunders said a 44-year-old woman was critically injured in the shooting and a 25-year-old man was recovering after being taken to hospital.

A gunman, police say, died, but not of a bullet wound. The police did not release the gunman’s name.

Three police officers were also injured in the incident near Toronto’s Greektown entertainment district.

The shooting broke out around 12:30 local time on Sunday as Christmas revellers were taking pictures and video from a fountain by the street.

Witnesses say they heard about 30 shots. Mayor John Tory said he was “absolutely, completely shocked” by the shootings, which took place within a four minute window.

Numerous other people were also injured by flying glass.

A video posted to Twitter appeared to show shots fired at the Greektown fountain as a crowd of people were taking pictures. It was not immediately clear if the shooting was related to the video.

A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the AP news agency that multiple guns were used in the shooting.

US officials told the Associated Press that as many as eight people were injured during the shooting.

Toronto’s police chief condemned the gunman’s actions.

“This was a cowardly, cowardly act and we will seek the person or persons responsible. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of those who lost their lives,” Mark Saunders said.

The police chief said members of the public may have helped the police track down the gunman. He encouraged them to come forward.

Images on social media show crowds fleeing the area, with some screaming as they ran.

Image copyright Christopher Goldrick/Twitter Image caption A crowd fled as shots rang out at the intersection of Greenwood Avenue and Danforth Street

Suspect vehicle seen heading north along Greenwood Avenue and towards Danforth — Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) December 24, 2018

We have a suspect vehicle on the prowl. — Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) December 24, 2018

Source: BBC

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