Toronto Mall Shooting

12:40 AM, Jun 5, 2012   |    comments
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TORONTO, ONT. - According to the CBC, Toronto Police have made an arrest in connection with the deadly shooting inside the Eaton Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Sources told CBC News that the suspect turned himself in to police on Sunday night.

The mass shooting Saturday afternoon left one person dead, and several others injured.

Toronto Police say this shooting was an isolated incident, and they have been looking at surveillance video from the mall as well as cell phone videos from witnesses at the scene.

The shooting started when a person pulled out a gun in the middle of a crowded food court at the north-end of the mall, and started firing.

Seven people were shot including a 13-year-old boy. One man identified by police as 24-year-old Ahmed Hassan was killed. A pregnant woman was also injured as people ran for the exits. 

One witness described what he saw soon after the shooting saying, "I was actually inside the wash room downstairs where the food court is. Just about to leave, and I hear like six to eight shots just ring off. I was like, wow, I didn't know what to make of it, maybe it could be fireworks, I don't know what, right. And I see all these people rushing in, men, women, children, all running into the stalls, you know, like four or five people inside the stalls. I don't know, I was just kind of shocked by it, yeah."

2 On Your Side also learned more from the police about the man who died. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said, "The injuries to the man who was killed certainly indicate that he was the targeted victim of the shooting. But there are a number of other people who were clearly innocent bystanders."

Acting Deputy Chief Jeff McGuire vows that the shooter will be arrested very soon.

"We are in the process right now, and quite able to tell you that we're satisfied that we are aware of who we believe to be the shooter in this incident, and although we won't be able to give you much more information on that at this time you can take some solace to know that the investigation has advanced to that stage," said McGuire.

Only four of the shooting victims have been released from the hospital. The 13-year old boy remains in critical, but stable condition. A 23-year old man with multiple guns shot wounds is listed in critical.

This is the 21st homicide in the City of Toronto this year. The mall will reopen according to the Eaton Centre Mall web site on Monday, and the food court on Tuesday.

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