The Toronto Police are currently responding to a reported shooting at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The police have confirmed via Twitter that the mall is currently being evacuated.
The Toronto Police have also confirmed that there are multiple suspects and have released their descriptions. The investigation is still ongoing.
Update: Yorkdale Shopping Centre is in lockdown. Nobody being let in. People being assisted to leave. Officers canvassing for witnesses and video from witnesses, mall and stores. No injuries. East side of mall is location of incident. More info to follow #GO1605887 ^sm— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) August 30, 2018
Police have reported that the incident occurred in the east side of the mall and that they are currently looking for witnesses. This includes looking through security footage, as well as photos and videos taken on cell phones to help the public identify the suspects.
Trains are currently bypassing Yorkdale Subway station on the TTC due to the ongoing police investigation.
Line 1: Trains are not stopping at Yorkdale due to police activity. Alternate routes: 109 Ranee bus to Lawrence West Station or 29 Dufferin bus to Wilson Station.— TTC Service Alerts (@TTCnotices) August 30, 2018
The gunshots could be heard on multiple social media stories. Other stories showed workers locked in closets and following safety procedures.
No injuries have been reported as a result of the shooting but the mall will be closed for the remainder of the day Thursday.
Following today’s incident, we will be closed for the rest of the day to allow police to investigate. Yorkdale is secure and we are cooperating with police to safely evacuate the centre. We expect to open as scheduled tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. All questions to: @TPSOperations— Yorkdale Style (@YorkdaleStyle) August 30, 2018
Reports of a shooting at Yorkdale. pic.twitter.com/TzlJ9AUCNj— bryann aguilar (@BryannAguilar) August 30, 2018
As of Saturday, August 25, Toronto has fallen victim to 273 shootings as gun violence is on the rise in the city. On May 27 of this year, the city had only seen 162 shootings, meaning the past three months of summer there have been 111 shootings in Toronto.