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Raptors fan rally shooting has markings of targeted incident, Toronto police chief says

News Staff | posted Friday, Jun 21st, 2019

The shooting at the Raptors fan rally had all the markings of a targeted incident, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said on Thursday.

“It has the earmarkings to me of something that appeared to be targeted but I can’t get into specifics. It could start off as random in some sort of negative interaction but I don’t think it was just a ‘let’s shoot up the public type of thing,’ I think it was specific,” Saunders said, during an unrelated news conference.

The police are still looking for a person of interest related to the shooting, which happened at Nathan Phillips Square following the Raptors championship parade on Monday. The person is described as a male with a heavy build, around five-foot-nine, short brown hair and wearing a white button-down shirt.

“I don’t think it was just a ‘let’s shoot up the public type of thing,’ I think it was specific.”
– Mark Saunders

Police have charged three men. Police also recovered two guns related to the shooting but those guns do not match the one that was shot, based on the casings found at the scene.

Police are looking for a third firearm, the one they say was actually discharged at the event.

Four people were injured in the shooting. Moments after the shooting happened, a stampede broke out as people ran for safety.


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