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Greektown shooting in Toronto leaves one dead, thirteen injured (videos)

Fourteen people have been shot, one of them fatally, and the gunman is dead after gunfire rang out along a busy Toronto street on Sunday night, Toronto police said. A woman died and a girl around 8 years old is in critical condition after a gunman opened fire outside a restaurant located on Danforth Avenue the main road in Greektown neighborhood in East Toronto.

Speaking to Greek private ANT1 TV on Monday morning, radio journalist Bettina Dionysopoulos whose workplace is very close to the shooting area said that the gunman fired at a Greek restaurant. “We could see everything from the window,” she said. “People were eating at the restaurant and while the doors were open, a passerby just turned and started to shoot around.”

Dionysopoulos said that many families with children dine out in the restaurants especially on weekends.

Briefing reporters at the scene, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders urged witnesses who had not yet spoken to police to come forward with any information, photos or videos they may have

Saunders said police received a call shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday about a shooting near Danforth and Logan Avenues in Toronto’s east-end Greektown neighborhood. The area has many restaurants, cafes and shops and is busy with pedestrians on summer nights.

Multiple witnesses told Toronto’s breaking news stations CP24 that they heard anywhere between a dozen and 20 shots.

One man said the shooter was dressed in black and wore a hat.

by @Reporter_Ryan

A brief video posted on social media shows the suspect shooting with his gun.

John Tulloch said he and his brother had just gotten out of their car on Danforth when he heard about 20 to 30 gunshots.

“We just ran. We saw people starting to run so we just ran,” he said told the Canadian Press.

Other witnesses described complete chaos as the suspect repeatedly fired his gun. Some social media users posted videos online in which shots can be heard along Danforth Avenue.

Saunders told reporters that a handgun was used in the shooting.  He did not elaborate on how the suspect died, but said that there was an “exchange of fire” with police.

Saunders said it’s too early to say what motivated the shooting.

Toronto Mayor John Tory, who joined Saunders on the scene in the early hours of Monday morning, called the shooting a “despicable act.”

On behalf of all Toronto residents, I am outraged that someone has unleashed such a terrible attack on our city and people innocently enjoying a Sunday evening,” Tory said in a statement.

“This is a tragedy and on behalf of all Toronto residents, we are extending our prayers to all the innocent people attacked tonight, their families and their friends.”

Locals posted on Twitter:

So far neither the gunman’ identity not his motive are known.

sources: ctvnews, toronto star, social media.

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