The brutal attack by a Gunman near Toronto neighborhood, dressed in
black, killed a young woman and left 13 injured when he started firing bullets
into restaurants and cafes.
The youngest of all, a nine years
old little girl needs prayers as she is fighting for her life in a hospital.
The gunman also shot to death by police.
Witnesses of the attack are in
extreme horror and chaos as they confirmed around 20 to 30 gunshot sounds,
leaving their summer night all exploited.
The footage revealed the gunman’s
black clothes which he was wearing at that time with a black hat. He had a bag
hanging from his shoulder as he started nonstop firing at the storefront from
Police has no idea what was the
reason of it all and is failed to stop terrorism.
The people, eyewitnesses of the
attack, are really terrified as they talked about the gunman and his firing at
the city block in Danforth Avenue.
The worker of the Caffe Demetre
dessert restaurant, Diana, told local TV station CP24 that she was serving a family
of four people when suddenly the firing started before her eyes, leaving a
little girl of the family wounded.
As the girl was sitting near the
front side of the restaurant so, when the shooting started, she fell down on
the floor leaving her mom all teared up.
Diana said the gunman looked as
if he had willingness to kill people as he stood at the patio of the restaurant
before firing three shots and then people began to scream and cry.
She ran towards the back of the
restaurant horrified and hid in the basement. After some time, she came out at
the site of attack.
Diana said: “When I came upstairs I saw the little girl on the floor. Her mom was
crying. I’m really worried about that little girl because she just started her
A man told how he came within
about 10-15ft of the shooter, adding: "He
had this horrible look in his face, like he was under the influence or
“I fell down. He kept shooting and ran down the street.”
Andrew Van Eek, a resident of the
area, said he emerged his head from the window with a sound of gunfire and
stuck to see that the street was full of roar and scream.
He told CBC News: "I saw somebody come just down the
sidewalk and shoot into Demetre restaurant."
Jessica Young, a worker of Second
Cup coffee shop, told the Toronto Star:
“I look to my side and see the shooter through the window. He sees me, or he
sees my co-worker or someone, and points the gun and shoots through the
Bartender Andreas Papadopoulos’s
colleague at the Greek restaurant Mezes got his hand gunshot by the attacker
before he could be saved inside the restaurant, according to the New York
The area seemed chaotic as they
tried to hide in the restaurants and bars and walked here and there on the
streets in search of a safe place.
Some witnesses saw people lying
on the floor of Mezes restaurant but whether they were injured or covered up
Others said they took the sound
of gunshot as of firecrackers initially, before it was confirmed.
Observers told the gunman
reloaded his gun many times as the sound of silence could be felt at the
moments to moments between the gunshots.
Jody Steinhauer told the CBC News
that she and other customers at Christina’s restaurant had to hide at the
backside as the sound of gunfire began.
She told it sounded like 10 to 15
firecrackers, adding: "We started to
hear people scream out front."
The gunman also shot to dead
during a shootout with police with no harm to the officers. But to suspect
about the death of the gunman as to be killed by the police or by
self-inflicting act, is unclear.
Toronto Police Chief Mark
Saunders said, "We are looking at
all possible motives... and not closing any doors."
City Councillor Paula Fletcher,
who represents the Danforth ward, told that the attack was not related to
gang-shot as the gunman looked “very disturbed”.
The incident happened one week
before the annual Greek food and music festival in Greektown, Taste of the
Danforth, which would have attracted one million people over three days.
Two people were also killed in
the same festival last year.
Mayor John Tory asked people to
stop calling it as “despicable" and "cowardly" act and stop
making any conclusion and wait until the police investigation has been done.
It was the second time the mass
attack has been done in Toronto in 2018.
In April, ten people were bleed
to death when a driver intentionally ran a van over the pedestrians in north
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