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Mass shooting on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue: What we know so far, and how you can help

  • Two victims are dead. One is an 18-year-old woman and one is a 10-year-old girl. 
  • The 18-year-old woman has been identified as Reese Fallon, a recent high school graduate
  • 13 people are injured. Victim ages range from 10 to 59. 
  • The shooter is dead. It is unclear if he died by suicide or was shot by police.
  • Toronto Police identified the suspect as Faisal Hussain. SIU announced Monday morning he was 29 years  old. 
  • Police confirmed the shooter used a handgun, but refused to speculate on motive.
  • Canada’s Ministry of Public Safety said that the investigation into Mr. Hussain is not a matter of “national security.”  

A gunman opened fire on groups of people along Toronto’s busy Danforth Avenue late Sunday night killing two people and injuring 13. The shooter, a 29-year-old male, was found dead in a nearby alley after an exchange of gunfire with police. Five of the wounded were in serious and critical condition at St. Michael’s hospital, an official said late Monday morning. Three of the patients had to undergo life-saving surgery.

Main story: 10-year-old girl, 18-year-old woman killed in Toronto mass shooting

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A witness describes the moment he saw the gunman shoot a woman point blank two or three times after she fell while running. The witness says he is still in shock.

Andreas Mantzios was on Danforth Avenue Sunday night when a gunman began firing at pedestrians and into cafes. Mantzios says he saw a woman gunned down and people were screaming to get down.

This map shows the places where the shooter opened fire, where a victim was shot and where the shooter was found dead. It all took place within a few minutes around 10 p.m. Sunday and within a few hundred metres.

MASS SHOOTING IN

TORONTO’S GREEKTOWN

Toronto year-to-date shootings*

Neighbourhood boundary

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TORONTO

Lake Ontario

Police exchange gunfire with shooter

Demetres:

Shooter opens fire on cafe

Alexander the Great Parkette: Victim shot

ARUNDEL AVE.

CHESTER AVE.

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Danforth Church

Chester

Station

DANFORTH AVE.

HAMPTON AVE.

BOWDEN ST.

LOGAN AVE.

Shooter found dead

Second Cup:

More gunfire

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THE GLOBE AND MAIL, SOURCE: TORONTO

POLICE SERVICE; TORONTO OPEN DATA;

google maps

MASS SHOOTING IN

TORONTO’S GREEKTOWN

Toronto year-to-date shootings*

Neighbourhood boundary

*As of July 1, 2018

TORONTO

Lake Ontario

ARUNDEL AVE.

Police exchange gunfire with shooter

Demetres:

Shooter opens fire on cafe

Alexander the Great Parkette: Victim shot

CHESTER AVE.

M

Danforth Church

Chester

Station

DANFORTH AVE.

HAMPTON AVE.

BOWDEN ST.

LOGAN AVE.

Shooter found dead

Second Cup:

More gunfire

john sopinski and MURAT YÜKSELIR /

THE GLOBE AND MAIL, SOURCE: TORONTO POLICE

SERVICE; TORONTO OPEN DATA; google maps

MASS SHOOTING IN TORONTO’S GREEKTOWN

STEELES AVE. W.

STEELES AVE. E.

FINCH AVE. W.

FINCH AVE. E.

VICTORIA PARK AVE.

SHEPPARD AVE. W.

SHEPPARD AVE. E.

WILSON AVE.

LESLIE ST.

YONGE ST.

KIPLING AVE.

LAWRENCE AVE. E.

KINGSTON RD.

JANE ST.

ST. CLAIR AVE.

DETAIL

Toronto year-to-

date shootings

As of July 1, 2018

THE QUEENSWAY

Shooting

Lake Ontario

Neighbourhood

boundary

ARUNDEL AVE.

CHESTER AVE.

Police exchange gunfire with shooter

M

Demetres:

Shooter opens fire on cafe

Alexander the Great Parkette: Victim shot

Danforth Church

Chester Station

DANFORTH AVE.

BOWDEN ST.

HAMPTON AVE.

LOGAN AVE.

Second Cup:

More gunfire

Shooter found dead

john sopinski and MURAT YÜKSELIR / THE GLOBE AND MAIL, SOURCE:

TORONTO POLICE SERVICE; TORONTO OPEN DATA; google maps

In photos: shooting on Danforth Avenue

At a press conference near the scene, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders made a plea to witnesses and anyone along Danforth Avenue who might have security camera or dash-cam footage from around the time of the shooting. Police say anyone with photos or videos that might be relevant to their investigation can upload them at torontopolice.on.ca/danforthshooting.

Danforth Avenue, between Broadview and Pape, is expected to remain closed until at least midday Monday. The TTC is also diverting around the area.

How you can help

GoFundMe set up to help Danforth victims: A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the victims of last night’s shooting with unforeseen expenses. Keiley Routledge, a long-time resident of the Danforth area and a business owner, said she started the fundraiser to help her neighbourhood.

“There’s a possibility these people are our neighbours. Even if they’re not, it doesn’t matter,” said Ms. Routledge, 53. “Our Danforth neighbourhood … is so intertwined and so knit together that we care so much about people.”

Ms. Routledge said she heard some of the gunshots from her home just off Danforth Avenue, and rushed to the busy strip after her daughter called her to let her know she was in a bar and was unharmed.

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“I grabbed her and gave her a giant hug,” she said.

According to the GoFundMe page, Ms. Routledge is working with Toronto-Danforth city councillors Paula Fletcher and Mary Fragedakis to direct funds once the campaign is closed. Some of the funds will be used to pay for the funerals of the two victims killed, whom police have identified as an 18-year-old woman from Toronto and a 10-year-old girl from the Greater Toronto Area.

Canadian Blood Services are encouraging donations: The Canadian Blood Services say they are closely monitoring response efforts in Toronto in the aftermath of the Danforth shooting.

A number of permanent and mobile blood-donor clinics are running throughout the week, spokesperson Hailu Mulatu said.

"In an event like this we would increase our capacity in our existing clinics, because we realize there could be an influx of donors,” Mr. Mulatu said, and added he encourages those who are looking to donate to find the clinic closest to them through their website.

Mr. Mulatu said yesterday’s shooting is “a reminder that things can change in an instant, and regular blood donation throughout the year would enable us to respond to emergencies like this immediately.”

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Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre offers courses on how to stop mass bleeding: A program running out of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto – the first of its kind in Canada – teaches civilians how to respond if they find themselves with a victim who is bleeding severely.

Sharon Ramagnano, a nurse and manager of Trauma Services at Sunnybrook, started “Stop the Bleed” with the help of Dr. Avery Nathens. The program is modelled after similar ones that are in place across the United States, with the purpose of teaching civilians how to provide appropriate care in case of mass shootings and other instances that can lead to traumatic injuries.

Ms. Ramagnano said more than 500 people have been trained since the program’s launch in November, including Metrolinx employees and other public service providers.

Bystanders are often the first responders during a mass shooting, Ms. Ramagnano said. A person can bleed to death in four to five minutes, so it is crucial to provide quick and appropriate support. CPR is often the go-to for help, but it can cause a victim to bleed quicker if their wound is not dealt with first, she said.

The two-hour course is offered once a month at Sunnybrook, and the next session will be held Tuesday. Ms. Ramagnano said she encourages civilians to reach out and learn an easy skill that is “very powerful” and can save someone’s life.

Politicians react

Toronto mayor John Tory called the act “unspeakable,” “cowardly” and an “attack on our city itself” Monday morning before city council. The mayor, appealing to reform gun laws, asked “Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?”



The Danforth

Danforth Avenue is home to Toronto’s Greektown – an area well known for its bars and restaurants.

In the 1990s, the Barenaked Ladies referenced it in their song The Old Apartment, singing “This is where we used to live.”

Patrick J. Adams of the TV show Suits also tweeted about the tragedy:

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Gun deaths had accounted for 23 of Toronto’s 52 homicides this year – compared to 16 fatal shootings by the end of June, 2017. Police statistics for 2018 indicate there were 199 shootings as of June 25, compared to 170 this time last year.

Related: As gun violence spikes, Toronto faces a reckoning on the root causes of tragedy

Here are some of the high-profile shootings in Toronto since January:

July 1, 2018: Nineteen-year-old Marcel Teme died days after being shot in the Kensington Market neighbourhood. He was among four people shot in the area west of the downtown core.

June 30, 2018: Two people associated with the city’s rap scene – 21-year-old Jahvante Smart, also known as Smoke Dawg, and 28-year-old Ernest Modekwe – were killed in a shooting downtown. On the same day, a driver near Shuter and George streets took a shotgun out of her trunk and opened fire at a pedestrian, injuring the 21-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man on a bike.

June 24, 2018: Jenas Nyarko, 31, was killed when someone in an SUV fired a single shot into a car in which she was a passenger returning from a funeral. In a separate incident on the same day, two men were killed when multiple shots were fired into a home.

June 14, 2018: Two young sisters – age five and nine – were sent to hospital with gunshot wounds to their abdomen and leg after two men got out of a truck and opened fire at a playground where about 16 children were playing in the city’s east end.

Jan. 23, 2018: A 20-year-old man was charged with seven counts of attempted murder after a string of random shootings over two weeks. Toronto police say the man allegedly worked his way through neighbourhoods, opening fire on a total of seven victims ranging in age from four to 47.

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