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Four people were injured in Toronto when gunfire broke out at a rally in the honor of the Raptors, the new NBA champion.
The shooting, which took place in the middle of the afternoon, caused a debacle on Nathan Philips Square, near City Hall, where tens of thousands of fans had gathered to celebrate the basketball team. professional from their hometown.
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Earlier, more than a million people attended a celebration parade.
None of the injuries, including those suffered during the scramble, were life threatening, according to police, who quickly apprehended three suspects in connection with the shooting.
"We have people arrested with guns, and that's the beginning of the investigation," said Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders. He called in witnesses to help the police conduct the investigation.
Police spokeswoman Allison Sparkes declined to say whether the authorities thought the shooting was targeted or related to terrorism, according to the Associated Press.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Toronto Mayor John Tory, NBA Finals chief Kawhi Leonard and other players were on stage at the time of the shooting.
As the shots sounded, the sporting director Matt Devlin, the host of the rally, interrupted the speech of one of the team 's owners to alert the crowd in case of fire. emergency, according to AP.
"I want to make sure everyone stays calm," Devlin said. "It's serious, everyone stays calm … there is an urgency to deal with."
Andrew Singh, 29, said he witnessed the shooting.
"We just saw the girl fall to the ground and the guy who left," Singh told AP. "All I've heard, bop bop bop."
After the rally, Trudeau tweeted: "I hope all those injured during today 's shootout will recover quickly, and I would like to thank the Toronto Police for their help. to have acted so quickly, we will not let this act of violence move away from the spirit of the parade today. "
I hope that all those injured during the shooting today will recover quickly and I want to thank the Toronto Police for acting so quickly. We will not let this act of violence get away from the spirit of today's parade.
– Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 18, 2019
Tory, the mayor of Toronto, said, "It's disappointing and I'm sure I'm more and more upset that anyone is carrying a firearm and discharging it on a merry celebration."