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A gunman fired shots in a crowded food court in one of Canada's busiest malls Saturday killing a man and injuring seven others, police said.
Police constable Victor Kwong said two people were in critical condition after being shot at Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto, including a 13-year old boy, and the 25-year-old man who was killed died at the scene. Kwong said six people were shot, including the deceased.
Two people were trampled on and pushed, including a pregnant woman who went into labor after she was pushed, Kwong said. The suspect had not been apprehended, he said.
Witnesses said multiple shots were fired in the mall's food court and that hundreds of panicked shoppers sprinted for the exits. The mall, which is popular with tourists, was evacuated. Swarms of people watched from outside as an injured man with visible bullet wounds was wheeled out on a stretcher.
Toronto Blue Jays baseball player Brett Lawrie tweeted that he sprinted out of the mall after hearing the shots.
''People sprinting up the stairs right from where we just were ... Wow wow wow,'' Lawrie tweeted.
Marcus Neves-Polonio, 19, was working in the food court when he saw a man pull out a gun and start firing. At least two people were on the ground, he said.
''All of a sudden a herd of people were just running toward us, a massive crowd of people screaming, running, freaking out,'' said Hannah Stewart, 21, a shopper. ''We saw this girl, sitting on the ground, and she had blood on her toes.'' The girl appeared to have been one of the victims and told Stewart she had just been shot.
Erica Solmes, who manages the McDonald's in the mall's food court, said she heard about 15 shots ring out before a stampede of people made a dash for the exits. Transit service around the mall was shut down for a time.
In 2005, a 15-year-old girl was killed during the Christmas holidays just north of the mall in a shooting that shocked the city during a year of record gun deaths in Toronto, Canada's largest city.
Kwong said police are in the process of reviewing security tapes. He said they had concluded a search of the mall.
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Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was by a Toronto mall when a shooting took place and live-tweeted about the incident.
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...
First, the eyewitness account from the Blue Jays Brett Lawrie when he was interviewed on Connected nightside...
Lawrie has over 125,000 followers on Twitter and tweeted from inside Eaton Centre where one person was killed and seven others were injured when someone opened fire in the mall in downtown Toronto Saturday evening...
Some examples from @blawrie13...
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Time: 1:07 PM ET
TV: NESN/MLB Network – WEEI
Daniel Bard (5-5, 4.56 ERA) vs. Drew Hutchinson (4-2, 4.84 ERA)
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