Toronto police say they are looking for several suspects after a clash broke out and shots were fired in a crowded Yorkdale mall.
"There was an altercation between two groups of men, and at some point one of the people in one of the groups fired a gun at least twice," Supt. Rob Johnson told reporters late on Thursday afternoon.
Police said emergency crews were called to the North End Mall at around 2:50 pm. with reports of the sounds of shots.
Johnson said the incident occurred in the southeast corner of the mall near a coffee shop and security bureau. He said two male suspects were last seen leaving an exit in the same part of the mall.
Nobody got hit by the gunshots, but Johnson said two people Slight injuries were sustained leaving the mall.
"It's a problem every time a gun is unloaded, luckily no one was caught," Johnson said.
Johnson said police officers in Toronto are able to respond quickly because the service has an office in the mall.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene in the mall in the moments after the shots.
"Originally we just thought it was a fire alarm … within five minutes they said it was pretty serious, the doors are all locked and we had to stay under the windows somehow – so it was scary said Nella Stabropoulos.
"People were crying there – literally vomiting – I guess with what's going on in the city, you just do not know where you're safe."
Mayor John Tory gave a written statement in response to that Shootout and urged people to contact authorities.
"Whether in the Yorkdale Mall or elsewhere in Toronto, people should not have to worry about gun violence – anytime."
"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."
Yorkdale Mall said in an update on Twitter that the mall will be up for the rest of the day the police investigation is closed. The mall is expected to open again on Friday.
The TTC suspended subway train in Yorkdale station after the incident, but service again at 18 pm
Anyone with information or photos or videos from the mall is requested to call the police at 416-808-3200
– With files by Ryan Rocca
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