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Yorkdale mall closed after gunfire sounds



Toronto's shopping center Yorkdale is closed after gunfire rang out on Thursday afternoon at the popular shopping center on the north end.

Police and paramedics were called shortly before 15:00. ET Thursday for reports of a shootout. The police just said that they have "confirmed a discharge in the area".

The Toronto Police Twitter account said, "No one is let in," and the guests were brought out. The mall tweeted that it will be closed for the rest of the day for the investigation.

"Yorkdale is safe and we are working with the police to safely evacuate the center," said the mall. "We expect to be ready tomorrow at 1

0 am"

No injuries were reported.

However, paramedics told CBC Toronto that they had taken a patient to a hospital for medical reasons unrelated to a shootout

(Paul Borkwood / CBC)

CBC News videographer Mary Webster was at the mall when she was arrested heard a loud bang followed by a second. Patrols huddled in the back of the shop while someone triggered a distress call.

"People were crying," Webster said of the scene.

The staff of the mall asked the guests to go into a hallway and then escort them through an office garage, she said. Some patrons left all their belongings behind.

Patron Connie Chen said she was "really scared" when she could hear two shots.

"It was like a firecracker," she told CBC Toronto. "We saw people running and we started running, the first noise was really loud."

The police have also tweeted that they are looking for two male suspects in their 20s, including a handgun.

Help from guests leaving the mall and not letting anyone in. The mall will be closed for the rest of the day. (Paul Borkwood / CBC)

In a statement, Mayor John Tory said, "People should not have to worry about gun violence," no matter where they are in the city.

"There are too many rifles for criminals in the city and I am determined to end this with the help of our police and our government partners," he said. "I am relieved that there are no reports of gun injuries, and I hope that remains true."

Line 1 subways are not currently in Yorkdale, the Toronto Transit Commission said on Twitter. GO Transit, which has a depot in the area, continues to operate buses, but once customers get off at Yorkdale, they can not enter the mall, according to a spokesman.


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