A shooting in Toronto’s Greektown Sunday night has left a 10-year-old girl and 18-year-old woman dead and 13 more injured while police search for answers over motive. The 29-year-old male shooter was also found dead at the scene although it is unclear whether he took his own life or was hit by police fire. Toronto police have not yet revealed the identity of the suspected shooter or commented on the motive other than to say they are looking into all possibilities and not ruling anything out.
The shooting took place along Danforth Avenue in Toronto’s downtown around 10 p.m. Sunday and covered several blocks while restaurant patrons and strolling pedestrians ran for cover. One young woman was killed onsite and the 10-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries Monday morning. Victims range from 10 years to 59 years, but no names have yet been released.
Clarification on Danforth shooting: 16 people shot in total (includes shooter), 8 women (including 10yr old girl) and 8 men. Three have died, (18yr old woman, 10yr old girl and the shooter). That leaves 13 still in hospital with minor to life-changing injuries. #GO1341286 ^sm
— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) July 23, 2018
This most recent attack comes on the tails of several others in the city this summer and there has been a noticeable uptick in occurrences of gun-related violence. It was only one week ago that Mayor John Tory along with Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders announced that there would be an additional 200 officers deployed in the late-night and early-morning hours for the remaining summer months to combat and respond to such violence.
Over the past day sympathies from around the world have poured in, some employing the hashtags #DanforthStrong and #TorontoStrong.
My thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrible tragedy on the Danforth last night in Toronto, and may the injured make a full recovery. The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and brave – and we’ll be there to support you through this difficult time.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 23, 2018
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.
— John Tory (@TorontosMayor) July 23, 2018
We filmed MyBigFatGreekWedding 1&2 in Greektown and were treated and greeted with love and affection. My condolences are with all today and I hope the streets are packed tonight in defiance of fear and in solidarity of family and love. 🇬🇷🇨🇦
— Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) July 23, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones and everyone affected by yesterday’s tragic incident. Thank you to our city’s first responders. #TorontoStrong pic.twitter.com/IhFLAOWPAa
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 23, 2018
Prayers for everyone involved with the shooting in Toronto last night. This gun violence needs to stop man. We need more life, not less! 🇨🇦
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) July 23, 2018
Woke up and heard about the mass shooting here in our amazing city! Really sad by the news and for everyone that was involved. Prayers go out to the victims and their families! #TorontoStrong
— Kevin Pillar (@KPILLAR4) July 23, 2018
We stand together with our fellow Torontonians in the face of this senseless attack on our city. Our best wishes & support go out to the Danforth community & anyone affected at this time.
We’re grateful to all the brave citizens & First Responders who acted so selflessly.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) July 23, 2018
Another night of senseless loss and brutality in my home town. Praying that some of these reported injuries from the shooting don’t turn into fatalities. Thank you to all the officers and doctors working hard tonight to deal with the aftermath. #danforth
— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) July 23, 2018
We just got off stage tonight in Toronto and heard the news about the shooting on Danforth. Sending all our love to those affected.
— Arcade Fire (@arcadefire) July 23, 2018
Sending good thoughts to the people of Danforth! ❤
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 23, 2018
We stand with you Toronto. https://t.co/MV6KosDjsN
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) July 23, 2018
In an address to city council Monday morning, Mayor Tory said that he would like to see even stricter gun regulations in the city and urged provincial and federal governments to take action. In pursuit of that, he said on Twitter that he had spoken to Premier Doug Ford on the issue.
“If we can prevent even one of these incidents, then it is a discussion worth having,” he said, “This city has a gun problem, in that guns are far too readily available to far too many people.”
As of Monday, five people with non-gunshot injuries had been treated and released while the other victims remain in hospital.