Shooting in downtown Toronto leaves nine people injured, shooter dead

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All those injured have been taken to local hospitals, among them is a young girl in a critical condition.

At least two people are dead, including a gunman, and more than a dozen injured after a shooting Sunday night in Toronto's Danforth neighborhood, authorities said.

The incident occurred in the city's Greektown district, near Danforth and Pape avenues. The area has many restaurants, cafes and shops and is busy with diners and pedestrians on summer nights.

Witnesses heard over 20 gunshots and the sound of a weapon being reloaded several times, reported news agency AFP quoting local media.

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Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the shootings or may have video or information about the shooting, they are asked to contact police.

Another witness, Jody Steinhauer had been dining with her family at Christina's, a Greek restaurant, when she heard what she thought was the sound of firecrackers.

The 19-year-old said the shooter stood outside on the sidewalk, but didn't appear to be using a rifle.

"And then, I saw the carnage as I ran down the street here to kind of follow the gunfire", the man told the station.

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John Tulloch said he and his brother had just gotten out of their auto when he heard about 20 to 30 gunshots.

"Police have not drawn any conclusions about what happened here or why", Toronto Mayor John Tory told reporters from the scene. "Guns are too readily available to too many people". The police said that it is too soon to link the incident with terrorism.

Canada traditionally has relatively low levels of gun violence, particularly compared with its neighbour the United States.

Toronto is grappling with a sharp rise in gun violence this year. Thank you to all the first responders for acting quickly to help everyone affected.

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