Gunman opens fire in Toronto; 1 dead and 13 injured

Two people have died and 13 others injured after a shooting attack near a restaurant in the Canadian city of Toronto on Sunday evening.

Police Chief Mark Saunders said a woman was killed and a nine-year-old girl, who was among those injured, was in critical condition after a gunman opened fire with a pistol around 10 p.m. on Danforth Avenue, a busy thoroughfare lined with restaurants.

Toronto police chief Mark Saunders said the police had not confirmed the shooter’s motive and would not speculate on it until they had more information.

He added that the shooter exchanged fire with police officers and died at the scene, though no officers were injured. He couldn’t immediately confirm whether the shooter died by gunfire.

Footage from the scene appears to show a man, believed to be the gunman, walking down a street before pulling out a handgun and firing into a Greektown eatery from the street.

An army of police, paramedics and other first responders soon descended on the scene, while a crowd of area residents, some in their pyjamas emerged from their homes to see what was going on.

Last week, Toronto police put 200 additional officers on a shift in particular neighbourhoods between the hours of 7 pm and 3 am — when most shootings occur – as part of a plan to reduce gun crime.

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