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Four people were injured in Toronto when a shot broke out at a rally in honor of the newly-hatched NBA Raptors champion. where tens of thousands of fans had gathered to celebrate the professional basketball team in their hometown.
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Earlier, more than one million people attended a solemn parade. 19659008] "We have people arrested with firearms, and that's the beginning of the investigation," Toronto police chief Mark Saunders told reporters. He urged witnesses to help the police in the investigation.
Police spokesman Alison Sparks refused to say whether the authorities believe the shooting was targeted or related to terrorism, according to The Associated Press.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudo, Toronto Mayor John Torrey, NBA Finals MVP Cowie Leonard and other players were on stage during the shooting.
While the shots sounded, athlete Matt Devlin hosted the rally interrupted the speech of one of the team's owners to warn the crowd of urgency, AP said.
"I want to make sure everyone is calm," said Devlin. "That's serious. Everyone remains calm … There is an emergency deal. "
Andrew Singh, 29, said he had witnessed the shooting." We just saw the girl fall on the floor and the man flee. Singh told AP. "All I heard was," he snapped. "
After the rally, Trudo wrote," I hope all the injured in today's shooting are quick to recover and I would like to thank the Toronto police for this. We will not allow this act of violence to take away the spirit of today's parade. "
I hope that all the injured in today's shooting will have a quick recovery and I would like to thank the Toronto police for this quickly, and we will not allow this act of violence to take away the spirit of today's parade."
Justin Trudo June 18, 2019
Torrey, the mayor of Toronto, said, "It's disappointing, and I'm sure that the source of anger for me is that someone will carry a gun and release it from what was otherwise a joyous celebration. "