Toronto gunman who shot dead five in Canada was 73

Toronto gunman who shot dead five in Canada was 73

Five people dead in Canada after a 73-year-old gunman opened fire at a block of flats in Toronto.

Toronto, Canada shooting crime scene

Police responded to the shooting at the building in Vaughan, about 30km north of Toronto, Canada on Sunday evening, shooting the suspect dead at the scene.

Police responded to the shooting at the building in Vaughan, about 30km north of Toronto, Canada on Sunday evening, shooting the suspect dead at the scene.

Another injured victim was taken to the hospital in a critical condition.

Authorities are investigating a possible motive, including a suspected connection between the gunman and their victims.

York police chief Jim MacSween said on-scene officers were met with a “horrendous scene,” with numerous deceased victims found in different areas of the building.

Vaughan, Canada crime scene

Police investigate the scene of a fatal shooting in Vaughan, Ont., Canada where five people were left dead.

“We’re in the process right now of doing notifications to those families, so at this point I can’t share any information on the victims or the subject,” he said.

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, which inspects police-involved deaths in the region, said in a press statement that the dead is a 73-year-old man.

MacSween said there wasn’t. an ongoing threat to the public, and York police said those evacuated could return to their homes.

In a tweet, Vaughan’s mayor Stephen Del Duca provided condolences to the families of the victims.

“I want to recognise the brave first responders who are working to safeguard the situation,” he added.

Ontario’s premier, Doug Ford, also offered his sympathies, writing on Twitter that he was “shocked and saddened” to hear about the shooting.

“All of Ontario is thinking of the victims of this senseless violence and the family and friends grieving their loss,” Mr Ford said.

While it has fewer mass shootings than the US, Canada has seen an increase in gun violence prompting recent legislation to ban handguns.

York, Ontario, Canada police

York Regional Police tactical officers are seen in the lobby of a condo building in Vaughan, Ont., Canada, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. Police say multiple people are dead, including the suspect, after a shooting in an apartment building.

In May 2020 Canada banned 1,500 types of military-grade or assault-style firearms after a gunman disguised as a policeman killed 22 people in Nova Scotia.

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