Update: Police said on Sunday, June 3, 2012, they believed they knew the identity of the shooter and said the victim, 24-year-old Toronto resident Ahmed Hassan, may have had some gang affiliation.
"Our investigation clearly suggests that this is a targeted shooting and not a random act of violence against the members of the general public," Brian Borg, a Toronto police detective,
said in a media briefing on Sunday.
There was a shooting at the Toronto mall on Saturday evening, in which several people were wounded. Reports tell of a 13-year-old boy and a 20s-30s year old man being taken to local hospital. Latest media accounts tell of one dead, and seven wounded. The suspect has not been caught.
Canadian shooting incidents like this are rare, due to Canada's restrictive gun laws.
The Toronto incident revived memories of another shooting that happened just north of the Eaton Centre on December 26, 2005, Canada's Boxing Day holiday, in which a 15-year-old girl was killed and several other people were wounded. That shooting was believed to be gang-related.
On September 13, 2006, at Dawson College, Montreal, when Kimveer Gill, a 25-year-old shooter, opened fire, killing Anastasia De Sousa, 18, and wounded 11 other students. Police fired on him. Then Gill turned the gun on himself.
In 1989, a lone gunman targeting women killed 14 people at a Montreal university, an event that became known as the Montreal massacre. The École Polytechnique Massacre, also known as the Montreal Massacre, occurred on December 6, 1989 at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Twenty-five-year-old Marc Lépine (born of a French-Canadian mother and Algerian father), armed with a legally obtained Mini-14 rifle and a hunting knife, shot twenty-eight people before killing himself. He began his attack by entering a classroom at the university, where he separated the male and female students. After claiming that he was "fighting feminism," he shot all nine women in the room, killing six. He then moved through corridors, the cafeteria, and another classroom, specifically targeting women to shoot. Overall, he killed fourteen women and injured ten other women and four men in just under twenty minutes before turning the gun on himself.
Pretty sure someone just let off a round bullets in eaton center mall .. Wow just sprinted out of the mall ... Through traffic ...
People sprinting up the stairs right from where we just were ... Wow wow wow
This is crazy. ... I hope everyone is ok ...
This is serious .. Oh my god
Rattled right now
By coincidence, Lawrie was involved with Major League Baseball's most violent, perhaps accidental, outburst of the young 2012 season.
In a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 15, Lawrie was ejected from a game after objecting to being called out on two consecutive strikes by umpire Bill Miller. The two pitches in question, thought to be balls by Lawrie, were shown to be outside the strike zone on instant replay. Lawrie started down the baseline, only to hear the strikeout call, and turned and yelled.
Miller then ejected him, and Lawrie threw his helmet on the ground. The helmet bounced and made contact with Miller. Manager John Farrell was also ejected after arguing with Miller. Lawrie was suspended for four games by Major League Baseball, and initially appealed the suspension but dropped the appeal on May 17.