Four people were shot during the Raptors parade at Nathan Phillips Square on Monday.
Jada Joy, a Seneca student, was at the scene of the shooting in Nathan Phillips Square. She described the scene as people fled and cried out in fear for their lives.
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Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said the arrests were made incredibly quickly. Three people were taken into custody and two firearms were discovered. Two people were arrested in connection with one shooting, while the third was arrested in connection with the other. The four victims suffered non life-threatening injuries.
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Mayor John Tory shared his views on the situation:
“It is disappointing and I’m sure a source of anger for more than just me that anyone would carry a gun and discharge it at what was otherwise a joyous celebration.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter to express his sympathies and gratitude:
Police are still looking for a third person of interest who is described as a white male between five-foot-nine and six feet, with short, light brown hair and a heavy build. He was wearing a white button-down t-shirt and was last seen running westbound on Queen Street.
Shaquille Anthony Miller, 25 years old, is facing eight charges including assaulting a peace officer and firearms possession. Thanio Toussaint, 20, is also facing eight offences including weapons and drug charges. 18-year old Abdikarim Kerow also faces ten charges, including possession of a restricted firearm.
Miller will appear next in court on July 10, while Toussaint will next appear in court on Friday.
Sadly, there was more reported violence during Monday’s victory parade honoring the Raptors’ NBA title. Toronto Police released images yesterday of a man wanted in connection with an alleged quadruple stabbing.Officers were called to Yonge and Dundas area around two in the afternoon, during the height of the celebration that took over Toronto’s downtown core. At this time, Dundas Square was jam packed with fans watching the parade festivities on the big screens.
In a news release Police say that the suspect approached a group of men and conflict ensued. “The man produced a knife and stabbed three men and a boy. He then fled the area.” Police warn the public that he is considered armed and dangerous, in his mid-20s, medium build, and wearing all black clothing and a black head covering at the time of the stabbing.
Matt Devlin, TV Announcer and MC for the Victory Parade festivities, encouraged fans to keep calm after updating them with the tragic news. “This is about love, it’s about rejoicing,” he told them in city hall’s public square.