Mississauga Set to Honour Victims of Danforth Shooting in Toronto
Just three months after a horrific van attack took the lives of 10 people and left 16 others with injuries (some life altering), Toronto is mourning yet another violent tragedy.
At approximately 10:00 p.m. on July 22, a lone gunman walking along Toronto’s busy Danforth Ave. allegedly fired shots at groups of people on the street and inside restaurants, killing an 18-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl.
Over a dozen people were injured in the attack.
According to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), officers located the suspect, a 29-year-old Toronto man, on Bowden Street and exchanged gunfire.
The SIU says the suspect fled the area and was located, deceased, on Danforth Avenue.
It is not clear if his death was self-inflicted or caused by police during the incident.
At this point, it is unknown what motivated the attack.
With the van attack and a series of high-profile shootings fresh in the minds of residents who have always (as they should and should continue to do) been able to feel safe in their city, this distinctly violent year has been a troubling one.
And while there are no answers as to what motivated the gunman, Canadians are coming together to show their support for the city.
Today, Mississauga is flying its flags at half-mast to show solidarity with its bustling eastern neighbour.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and all those affected by the terrible tragedy in Toronto. Flags at all our facilities have been lowered and tonight we will be lighting the Clock Tower blue in solidarity with #TorontoStrong.— City of Mississauga (@citymississauga) July 23, 2018
Peel police have also expressed their condolences.
On behalf of Peel Regional Police Chief, Jennifer Evans, we extend our deepest sympathies to the victims and families affected by the terrible act of violence committed last night in “The Danforth” in the City of Toronto.— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPoliceMedia) July 23, 2018
If you take a look at City Hall tonight, you’ll see the clock tower lit in blue to commemorate the victims of yesterday’s shocking tragedy.
The investigation is ongoing.
Cover photo courtesy of @gualdjouma
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