TORONTO – One man is dead and another is in serious but stable condition after a shooting in the parking lot of Toronto’s Yorkdale shopping mall.
Toronto police Det. Rob North told a midnight news conference that shots rang out around 8 p.m. Saturday and that police were looking for five or six suspects.
Police had earlier said that a man and a woman had been shot but corrected that, confirming that both shooting victims were male.
North said the incident began with an altercation between two groups of people.
“The initial confrontation began inside the mall, there were no shots fired inside the mall. The two groups of individuals left the mall and shots were fired outside of the mall,” he said.
North said it was too early in the investigation to offer any further information about the shooting victims, the suspects or whether the incident might be gang related.
However, he indicated that police believe this was not a random act of violence.
“Our information to date, so far, is that there were no innocent people or innocent bystanders that were shot or targeted,” he said
North said police were looking at video from surveillance cameras and talking to witnesses.
They were also checking vehicles in the parking lot, and holding a number of cars at the scene, asking their owners to be patient and return Sunday to pick them up.
Those whose vehicles were parked in the mall’s north lot got the green light to remove them early Sunday morning.
The mall’s management expressed shock over the incident in a statement released Sunday.
“We take security at Yorkdale very seriously in order to keep our customers safe,” the statement read.
“We have regular patrols in the parking lot, well trained personnel inside and outside of the shopping centre, and security cameras monitoring most areas of the property.”