Suspect identified in Toronto mass shooting that leaves 2 dead

People in Toronto add flowers and messages to a memorial remembering the victims of the shooting

Saunders said he wouldn't "get into the minutiae of the investigation", leaving unclear how many people were shot by the gunman and how many may have been struck by crossfire or ricocheting bullets. The investigators are yet to determine a motive behind the shooting spree but the family of the suspect said he struggled with severe mental illness.

The Special Investigations Unit says two civilians were fatally shot when a man made his way down Danforth Avenue on Sunday night, spraying bullets along the way.

"My thoughts are with everyone affected by the bad tragedy on the Danforth last night in Toronto, and may the injured make a full recovery", Trudeau tweeted.

Jody Steinhauer told CBC News she was at a neighborhood eatery with her family when she heard what sounded like 10 to 15 blasts of firecrackers.

"We heard a woman yell, 'Help!' My partner went outside the restaurant and the woman was right there".

Lenny Graf, who was dining at another restaurant, was watching his nine-year-old son and a friend play around a nearby fountain when gunfire erupted.

"We are heartbroken to learn that a recent graduate of the TDSB [Toronto District School Board] was among those who tragically passed away as a result of last night's violence", John Malloy, director of education at the Toronto District School Board, said in a statement Monday.

Witnesses said they heard 20 to 30 shots. "That was the scary part", she said. They ran to the back to the restaurant and hid under a table.

At least 10, including a child, shot in Toronto: Canadian media
I am thankful to all first responders who came as quickly as possible to help people in the wake of this horrific incident. NowMedia will provide more information as the situation progresses. "The gun violence in Toronto is insane ".

Police did not identify the two people killed by the gunman.

An army of police, paramedics and other first responders soon descended on the scene, while area residents, some in their pajamas, emerged from their homes to see what was happening.

The city deployed hundreds of additional police officers on Friday to try to tackle the violence, which city officials have blamed on gangs.

"Please join me in praying for all those injured and killed in the wake of the Sunday evening Danforth shooting", said Cardinal Thomas Collins, archbishop of Toronto, in a statement released on Twitter.

Police haven't disclosed his motive.

The shooting comes a few months after a man drove a van into pedestrians on a Toronto pavement , killing 10 people and injuring 14. Deaths from gun violence in the city jumped 53 percent to 26 so far in 2018 from the same period previous year, police data last week showed, with the number of shootings rising 13 percent.

Mayor John Tory said domestic trafficking must be addressed in light of what he called the city's "gun problem".

Hours after the fatal shooting, in an apparently unrelated incident, a man with a knife was arrested during a military ceremony on Parliament Hill in Canada's capital, Ottawa.

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