Police evacuate Yorkdale Mall following gunshots

Aug 30 2018, 7:20 pm

Update: Police are now looking for multiple suspects. The latest update can be found here.

Police are warning the public to avoid Yorkdale Mall following gunshots near the east side of the shopping centre.

According to police, the mall is on lockdown, no one is allowed in and people are being assisted to leave.

Officers are currently canvassing for witnesses and video from witnesses, the mall and stores.

Officers are currently looking for multiple suspects, one Black male in his 20s, wearing a black jacket (hoodie), and blue jeans.

The second suspect is described as male, mixed, in his 20s, 5’9″, skinny, with a black handgun.

There have been no injuries reported at this time.

The TTC is bypassing Yorkdale Station at this time.

Shoppers are currently under lockdown inside the mall for safety measures.

Following the incident, Mayor John Tory issued the following statement:

“Whether it is Yorkdale Mall or anywhere else in Toronto, people should not have to worry about gun violence breaking out – at any time. There are too many guns available to criminals in the city and I am determined to end that with the help of our police and our government partners.”

Tory added that he’s relieved there were no injuries and thanked the Toronto police and first responders for quickly responding to the incident.

Yordale Mall will be closed for the rest of the day to allow police to investigate.

Police are asking witnesses to call 416-808-3200.

More to come. 

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