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Four people were wounded in Toronto when gunfire broke out at a rally in honor of newly-crowned NBA champion Raptors.
The shootings that took place in the afternoon triggered a run on Nathan Philips Square near the Town Hall. Tens of thousands of fans gathered to celebrate the professional basketball team of their hometown.
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Previously, well over a million people took part in a solemn parade.
According to the police, who quickly arrested three suspects in connection with the shootings, none of the injuries were life threatening. 19659008] "We have people arrested with firearms, and that's the beginning of the investigation," said Mark Saunders, Toronto Police Chief, to reporters. He appealed to witnesses to assist the police in the investigation.
Police spokeswoman Allison Sparkes declined, according to The Associated Press, to say whether the authorities rated the shooting as a target or as a terrorist.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Toronto Mayor John Tory, NBA Final Manager Kawhi Leonard and other players were on stage at the time of filming.
When the shots were fired, sports specialist Matt Devlin, host of the rally, interrupted a speech by a team owner to alert the crowd to an emergency, AP said.
"I want to make sure everyone is present, stay calm," Devlin said. Everyone stays calm … An emergency is being treated.
Andrew Singh, 29, said he witnessed the shooting.
"We just saw the girl fall to the ground and the guy ran away," Singh told the AP. "All I heard was 'bop bop bop'."
After the rally, Trudeau tweeted, "I hope that all the wounded recover quickly from today's shooting, and I want to thank the Toronto police for doing so. We will not allow this act of violence to end Spirit of today's parade escapes. "
I hope all the wounded recover quickly from today's shots, and I want to thank the Toronto police for doing so quickly. We will not allow this act of violence to escape the spirit of today's parade.
– Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 18, 2019
Tory, the mayor of Toronto, said, "It's disappointing and I'm sure it's more than just a source of anger for me is when someone wears a weapon and lets it off at an otherwise happy celebration. "