One person has been arrested after a shooting sent Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre into lockdown on Sunday afternoon.
Just before 4 pm on August 29, Toronto Police tweeted that they’d received “several” reports of gunshots inside the mall.
– several callers reporting gunshots heard inside mall
– police responding
– unknown injuries
– use caution
– will update#GO1647944
— Toronto Police Operations (@TPSOperations) August 29, 2021
Responding officers pursued a suspect and arrested one person, police said. A firearm was allegedly recovered as well.
Police said there had been no reports of victims or injuries as a result of the shooting. Yorkdale was placed under lockdown for several hours as officers swept the mall.
Shoppers and mall staff shared footage on social media of themselves locked inside the shopping centre, and detailed the chaos that ensued following the shooting.
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Safe to say, I will not be going to #yorkdale in the near future after what happened this afternoon.
Seeing 100 plus people running towards you in fear and panic isn’t what a Sunday afternoon at the mall should be.
— La Fille En Mode (@lafilleenmode) August 29, 2021
One Twitter user wrote that the shooter had “busted glass doors” to get out of the mall.
Surreal. Sitting at the front mall entrance to the Hudson Bay #yorkdale . Active shooter ran through here and busted glass doors to get out. Everyone still locked in stockrooms. Now a liability issue and not one of keeping customers safe as shooter long ago apprehended pic.twitter.com/CADk1ho9Cq
— Chris Pryce (@humancapitalben) August 29, 2021
— ALE✞HEIAHOLIC👌 (@Aletheiaholic) August 29, 2021
Those locked inside were able to exit the mall around 6 pm.
— ChiMin (@jeru_sha) August 29, 2021
Daily Hive has reached out to Yorkdale Shopping Centre and will update this story accordingly.