At least 2 injured in Toronto Raptors victory rally gunfire, police say; crowd runs from scene
TORONTO (Fox News) - At least two people were injured and two were in custody Monday after police said shots rang out near the Toronto Raptors' victory rally and parade, as videos from the scene showed many in the crowd running.
Raptors fans had packed the streets of downtown Toronto to celebrate the newly crowned NBA champions.
Toronto police tweeted that they "have located 2 victims" and that their injuries were serious but not life-threatening. They also said two people were in custody and two firearms were recovered.
Witnesses showed photos and videos of "chaos" and uncertainty after the shots. Some were seen hiding or ducking behind anything they could find, including cars. The large crowds reportedly forced the delays in the rally, which had been scheduled to end earlier in the afternoon.
“I’m on the roof of city hall and something is happening. People are running including what looks to be cops and security,” Jennifer Pagliaro tweeted.
Francine Kopun tweeted a video of people running and wrote, “Shots fired at Nathan Phillips Square. This is shot at the north side of city hall.”
Fans in the crowd were told to stay calm and politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Mayor John Tory stayed in place on stage, Global News reported.
Nathan Phillips Square is City Hall square in Toronto. It is near the main business and shopping malls, as well as University of Toronto.