Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Toronto “strong, resilient and brave” in a statement following Sunday night’smass shooting on The Danforth.
“My thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrible tragedy on the Danforth last night in Toronto, and may the injured make a full recovery,” said Trudeau. “The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and brave – and we’ll be there to support you through this difficult time.”
My thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrible tragedy on the Danforth last night in Toronto, and may the injured make a full recovery. The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and brave – and we’ll be there to support you through this difficult time.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 23, 2018
Premier Doug Ford also issued a statement via social media, thanking first responders.
My heart goes out to the victims and loved ones of the horrific act of gun violence in Toronto. Thank you to all the first responders for acting quickly to help everyone affected.
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) July 23, 2018
Mayor John Tory called the shooting “a despicable act.”
“A despicable act has been perpetrated on the Danforth in our city. On behalf of all Toronto residents, I am outraged that someone has unleashed such a terrible attack on our city and people innocently enjoying a Sunday evening,” he said.
This is a tragedy and on behalf of all Toronto residents, we are extending our prayers to all the innocent people attacked tonight, their families and their friends.
— John Tory (@TorontosMayor) July 23, 2018
Two victims have been pronounced dead and 12 others are still in the hospital with injuries. The shooter was also found deceased following an exchange of gunfire with police.
According to a statement from Ontario’s Special Investigators the SIU, “at approximately 10 pm on July 22, 2018, a man walking along Danforth Avenue fired shots at groups of people several times. Several people were struck. Two civilians were fatally injured. Officers located the man on Bowden Street and an exchange of gunfire took place. The man fled the area and was located, deceased, on Danforth Avenue.”