Major Toronto mall evacuated as police investigate reports of gunshots

Leroy Wright
September 2, 2018

A major mall in a northwest part of Toronto is being evacuated as police investigate reports of gunshots at the shopping centre.

The Toronto Police Service said no injuries have been reported. They described them as: one black man in his twenties wearing a black jacket with a hood and blue jeans, and one skinny mixed race man in his twenties with a black handgun. A little later, when she saw many people running through the mall, she said she told the customers to leave the store right away.

"There were at least three [people involved] on each side".

The public should avoid the area. On Tuesday, at around 7 p.m., York Regional Police responded to gun shots fired at Vaughan Mills Mall, south of Canada's Wonderland. "We expect to open as scheduled tomorrow at 10 a.m.", the tweet read.

"I was scared for my daughter's life", she added. "I am relieved that there are no reports of injuries from gunfire and I hope that remains true".

"We thought something fell, and then we heard it again a second time", said Donald Mudavanhu, who had been at the mall to buy prescription sunglasses.

"It is a scary feeling, because the thing is we didn't know where the shots were coming from", he said.

"We thought something fell, and then we heard it again a second time", he said.

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Medical help was necessary only to one person, but, as noted in the police, it is not directly associated with the shooting. It took an hour for some people to get out of the parking lot as traffic jammed up in the area and along the nearby Highway 401.

The shooting saw shoppers and store employees scrambling to get to safety once shots rang out.

Toronto Transit Commission said subway trains are not stopping at Yorkdale due to "police activity".

Toronto Mayor John Tory issued a statement after the incident, thanking Toronto police and first responders for responding to the incident so quickly.

Mall officials said stores that were locked down during the incident would remain closed until morning.

It is reported by the city police Department on Twitter.

Customers and employees who need to make arrangements to retrieve belongings can call Yorkdale Shopping Centre security at 416-256-5097.

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