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Toronto shooting: Deadly attack in Greektown district

A gunman has opened fire on a busy avenue in Toronto, killing a young woman and injuring 13 other people, one of them critically, police say.

The victim critically injured in the Canadian city’s Greektown district is a girl of eight or nine, they add.

The suspect is dead, reportedly killed in an exchange of shots.

The attacked happened on Danforth Avenue on Sunday evening, when the area was teeming with people, Canada’s Globe And Mail newspaper reports.

The motive for the shooting, which reportedly targeted a restaurant, is still unclear.

In a video clip shared by Canadian media, a man in a cap and carrying a shoulder bag can be seen stopping on a pavement and pulling out a handgun before firing shots.

Some of the victims were treated at the scene, while others were taken to local hospitals.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

What happened?

Emergency services were called out just after 22:00 (02:00 GMT Monday) to the scene, a piazza with a fountain that is popular with local people and was busy at the time, the Globe And Mail writes.

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Eyewitnesses say they heard volleys of shots, with pauses in between.

“It would shoot, there’d be a pause, we heard more shooting, and then a pause and then more shooting,” John Tulloch, who was walking on the avenue with his brother at the time, told the paper.

“There must’ve been 20, 30 shots, altogether. It was a lot. We just ran.

“People weren’t yelling but I think everyone was concerned,” he added.

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“It just seemed very surreal, almost like it wasn’t really happening. But everyone was sort of moving and going away. It was like it wasn’t happening. It was hard to believe it was real.”

A driver, Jim Melis, told the paper that a white man wearing a black cap and a bandana had fired shots through a café window.

The gunman had run out in front of his car, crossing the street, before pulling out his gun, he said.

Jody Steinhauer told CBC News she had been with her family in a restaurant in the area when she heard what sounded like 10 to 15 blasts of firecrackers.

“We started to hear people scream out front,” she said.

Paramedics could be seen performing CPR on the injured around the piazza afterwards, the Globe And Mail writes.

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Source: www.bbc.com

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