Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/3/12

Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue Jays was at a shopping mall in Toronto on Saturday night when a suspect opened fire, resulting in a fatality and several other serious injuries.

Lawrie told reporters on Sunday about the incident in which one person was killed, two were left in serious condition and three others were treated for gunshot wounds.

Lawrie and a friend were in the vicinity when the shooting took place and had to evacuate the premises.

"We were down by the subway and we just didn't know how to really get out of the place, so we were like, 'OK, we have to go a couple of floors up,'" Lawrie told reporters. "Then as soon as we were going up the first flight of stairs, we heard, 'bang, bang, bang, bang' as fast as you could pull a trigger.

"We were kind of skeptical on what we heard, and sure enough, we turned around and there were a bunch of people running up the stairs. Usually these people wouldn't be running out of a public place like they were, so that was kind of a trigger to myself and my buddy to get out of there as fast as possible."

Lawrie left the building and went on Twitter to report what he saw.

He said there was "instant panic" from everyone in the mall as people began to run for the exits.

"The more I thought about it I was just glad that I was with my buddy because we just talked about it," Lawrie said. "The more that I thought about it, it was that I did get lucky, because we were right down there [where the shooting occurred] 10 seconds before. You don't know what could have happened, but just lucky enough to get out of there safe and sound."

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