The Raptors victory parade was interrupted on Monday after a shooting took place in Nathan Phillips Square. According to Toronto Police, paradegoers were running from the area following the Raptors parade shooting in attempts to get to safety. Now, a father hopes to locate a Raptors fan who saved his son from being trampled in the stampede of fleeing fans.
The father has taken to social media to find the stranger who carried his son through a running crowd of people on Monday. The man's heroic efforts were captured in a video, which has since gone viral.
According to the father, who goes by Rudy, his son was attending the parade with his mother when the shooting occurred. As people started to run away from the scene, a stranger was caught on video picking up Rudy's son and carrying him to safety.
Rudy stated on Twitter that as soon as he saw the video, he recognized that it was his son. Rudy says that he's glad that someone was able to get his son to safety when he wasn't there.
Now, Rudy is attempting to find the man in the red shirt so that he can thank him for his kind deed. Rudy stated on Twitter that all he wants to do is give this stranger a hug for potentially saving his son's life.
The father is asking anyone who recognizes the man in the video to reach out to him so he can get in contact with him.
The shooting took place around 3:30 PM yesterday during the Raptors rally at Nathan Phillips Square. Police originally reported that a woman was shot in the square and that people were running from the area.
Later in the day, Toronto Police confirmed that four victims were injured during the shooting. Three suspects have been taken into custody.
Toronto Police also confirmed that two stabbings took place during the parade around the Eaton Centre Plaza. None of the people that were involved in these incidents were left with life-threatening injuries.