Two men dead in downtown Toronto daylight shooting
Published Saturday, June 30, 2018 9:51PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, July 1, 2018 9:20AM EDT
A second man has died after gunfire broke out in broad daylight in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district.
Toronto Police said shortly before 8 p.m. on Saturday, multiple shots rang through the area of Queen Street West and Peter Street, a bustling area filled with bars, shops and restaurants, leaving three people with “very serious” injuries.
“It’s probably one of the busiest sections or streets in the entire city today,” Const. David Hopkinson told CP24 on Saturday night. “There’d be hundreds if not thousands of people that could be affected today. For any police officer this is disturbing.”
Police confirmed to CP24 that two men-- one in his 20s and the other of an unknown age-- were rushed to hospital and later died. The third victim, a woman believed to be in her 30s, was also sent to hospital, but is expected to survive the shooting, according to police.
Witnesses in the area described the scene as “chaotic” and “shocking.”
“There were people running everywhere. There were vehicles just trying to get out of the way,” one man told CP24.
“Down on Peter Street we just saw a mass of tourists-- normal Saturday traffic on Queen Street-- basically running scared for their lives. It was intense, it was very chaotic.”
One woman who witnessed the attack from a nearby streetcar said she was terrified by what she had seen.
“I’m still in shock,” she said. “I’m so scared for everyone. I’m hoping that these people get caught.”
Following the shooting, police say two suspects fled the scene in a white car or black SUV. They’re asking anyone with information or video of the incident to come forward.
“Any kind of video that people might have or might find…we would appreciate it if people could contact investigators to try and give them a copy to let them piece together what has happened,” Hopkinson said.
With files from CTV Toronto and CP24
SHOOTING:— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) July 1, 2018
Queen St + Peter St
-1 of the victims has succumbed to his injuries
-Pronounced deceased in hospital
-Homicide has taken over the investigation