TORONTO – Four people were shot and wounded at a rally Monday for the NBA champion Raptors, and two people were arrested, police said.
Droves of Raptors fans ran out of shooting in a stampede from the City Hall Square , which was packed with tens of thousands of fans.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said four people had suffered gunshot wounds but said none of the injuries were life-threatening. Others have suffered minor injuries as they tried to get away from shooting, said Saunders, who asked for witnesses and people who might have a video to come forward and help investigators
"We have people arrested with firearms and that's the start of the investigation, "Saunders said.
Asked if it was a targeted shooting or terrorism-related, police spokeswoman Allison Sparkes said the investigation was ongoing
During a speech by one of the team owners, the host of "Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Toronto Mayor John Tory, NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and other Raptors players were on the scene at the time."
"I want to make it sure everyone stays calm, "said the host, sportscaster Matt Devlin.
Those onstage stayed in place, and the speeches resumed shortly after
Mike Mudidi said he was enjoying the celebrations when he heard (1
"You could not see the shooter but it was that kind of chaos where you're just expecting "
Another fan said the stampede was scary
" When you see a bunch of people coming to you, you don 't know what to do, whether to run or not.
Trudeau's spokeswoman declined to comment on shooting near the prime minister
"We never comment on matters relating to PM's security," "Eleanore
"Tory, the mayor, thanked the police for their quick response."
"It's a disappointing and I'm sure a source of anger for more than just me that anyone would carry a gun and discharge it at what was otherwise a joyous celebration, "Tory said in a statement. "I hope those found responsible will be held to account to the fullest extent that the law permits."
Tory previously urged everybody "The Toronto, more than a million of us have flooded the streets today to celebrate our Raptors" city councilor Joe Cressy tweeted. "People of every age, every race, every religion – our City. As awful as the shooting was and terrifying for many in the crowd afterwards, do not let it take away from our moment. ''
Fans have stood packed conditions to attend the parade. Nicolas Caramanna, 21, said the crowd began to get rowdy shortly after he arrived at 9 am
"I'm really hot and tired, but I'm going to stick around," he said. going to get a chance to do this? ''
Many others chose to miss school or work. Cypher Sabanal, 15, told his mom to skip his class to attend the celebration.
John Moreira called in sick to work so he could be part of Toronto's first celebration of this magnitude since the Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.
"I told my boss I wanted to be at the parade and he said there was not much he could do if I called in sick, so that's exactly what I did," the 31-year-old said. 19659002] As the parade inched forward – a number of Raptors could not help but marvel at the fan response.
"It's been amazing," Leonard said. "Thank you Canada for the support."
Several fans were seen carrying signs imploring Leonard to re-sign with the Raptors. Kyle Lowry, the team's longest-tenured player, hoisted the Larry O'Brien Trophy while his teammates smoked cigars.
"This is unbelievable," "said he
The Associated Press contributed to this report