Killing at Toronto Mall

Canada: Gunfire broke out in the food court of the Eaton Centre killing one person and seven others are badly injured. A 13-year-old boy was among those seriously injured. A 25-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials have said.

As crowds gathered outside, an injured man with two bullet wounds in his chest was wheeled out on a stretcher and rushed away by ambulance.

Toronto police chief Bill Blair described it as a targeted shooting in which bystanders were also hit. A lot of innocent people were hurt and a lot of innocent people were put at risk.

Although some witnesses said they saw a man with a gun, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told reporters at the scene that it was not immediately clear if the shooter was a man or a woman. "It's terrible when you hear something like this," said Mr Ford.

"My heart goes out to the families that have been affected by this terrible crime. We have to apprehend this shooter."

Marcus Neves-Polonio, 19, who works in the shopping centre's food court, said he saw a man pull out a gun and start firing. He saw at least two people on the ground.Erica Solmes, manager of a McDonald's outlet, said she heard about 15 shots before hundreds of shoppers started stampeding for the exits. Police constable Victor Kwong said at least two people had been trampled in the rush, including a pregnant woman who subsequently went into labour.


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