Toronto shopping centre reopens after weekend shooting incident

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TORONTO — A Toronto shopping centre has reopened this morning following a weekend shooting that sent panicked shoppers running for cover.

Police have arrested one suspect in connection with the incident at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, where gunfire erupted around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, triggering a building lockdown.

No one was injured in the incident and police said they apprehended a male suspect as he tried to run onto a nearby highway.

They said the suspect allegedly had a loaded gun on him.

Police are now looking for a second male suspect, but have released little other information about him.

Yorkdale's director, William Correia, said the shopping centre is assisting investigators.

"Yorkdale has excellent surveillance technology, and we are working closely with Toronto Police Services to support the investigation," Correia said in a statement.

Correia said the safety of employees and customers is the mall's top priority.

"There is no place for gun violence in our city, let alone in shopping centres," he said.

Shoppers described a chaotic scene that left many in tears, including terrified children.

One witness said they saw one of the shooters run through the Hudson's Bay and crash through glass in an effort to escape.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 30, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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