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14 October 2016 5:45:06 PM BST
At least five people were killed and 11 injured after a gunman opened fire in the Canadian city of Toronto on Friday afternoon, in what the city’s police chief described as a mass shooting.
Witnesses described “absolute carnage” as shots rang out at a crowded house party.
While police do not yet know what motivated the shooter, 18-year-old Faisal Hussain is in custody.
Police said Hussain, a man they believe is responsible for the mass shooting, was killed when they shot him in a residential street just north of downtown Toronto.
Local media report that the gunman left the house party around 2.15pm local time (13.15 GMT), shot multiple people before entering a Starbucks coffee shop and opening fire again.
Police say the gunman also fired at a CTV news van before he barricaded himself inside his home and was fatally shot by police.
The dead include one man and three women, and are aged between 19 and 35. A man in his late 30s remains in critical condition and a woman in her 30s is in a serious condition.
“What we are most concerned about is the people we lost today and we are doing everything in our power to make sure that we can save lives, but at this time we are not satisfied that we have made an assessment that nobody else is in imminent danger,” Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told a press conference.
He later added, “The suspected perpetrator of this tragedy has been identified as Faisal Hussain. We do know that he is an 18-year-old male from the Toronto area and he is not the owner of the house.”
Minister for Public Safety Ralph Goodale, said: “It is yet another attack in cities and neighbourhoods of this country that have been unaccustomed to seeing them.
“Our prayers are with the victims and their families, and the people of Toronto, at this dreadful time.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also expressed his condolences.
“This is every parent’s worst nightmare,” he said.
I asked @JustinTrudeau what will follow the Toronto shooting. His statement to @YDA_News: https://t.co/BBp4KdBD4u — TheJournal.ie (@TheJournal_ie) October 14, 2016
Toronto Mayor John Tory said the shooting was “horrifically savage” and condemned it as a “monstrous and senseless crime”.
He later added, “My heart goes out to the families, the friends and to the whole community of people in Toronto who are experiencing the awful tragedy of a mass shooting.
“This is going to be a very long haul in terms of our investigation and I ask for the utmost patience from our community.”
FRANCE 24’s Christiane Amanpour said “it was entirely predictable” the attack would lead to a debate about firearms in the country.
“There’s a blood feud between local ethnic groups, and clearly things have been simmering for many years,” she said.
“It’s just another chapter in the continuing debate in this country about gun control,” Amanpour added.
AFP, AP, AFP