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Reports of gunshots send Yorkdale Mall into lockdown

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Published on August 30, 2021 with No Comments

Reports of a daytime shooting led to Toronto’s Yorkdale Mall going into lockdown Sunday afternoon.

Police received multiple calls about gunshots being heard at the mall, and crowds screaming to flee, around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

“When our officers arrived, they were able, with the assistance of mall security, to locate a suspect after a brief pursuit and that individual has been arrested,” media officer Const. Alex Li told reporters at the scene.

“We have recovered a loaded firearm as well,” Li added.

Li said there were no reports of injuries so far.

Police later confirmed they were still looking for one suspect who remains outstanding.

Sophie Sklar, 21, told the Star in a phone interview that she got stuck inside the the mall along with hundreds of people. She later managed to exit around 6:30 p.m., but had to request someone pick her up as her car remained trapped in the parking lot of the mall.

Li said the mall remained an active investigation scene and police were inside carrying out sweeps.

“If you are on your way to pick up a loved one, when the duty inspector is able to ascertain a location where it’s safe to have families reunite, he is going to update the media,” he said.

Police tweeted  around 8:00 p.m. that a majority of people at the mall had left safely, adding that they would continue to clear the area as officers remained on scene to continue investigating.

A Yorkdale mall spokesperson told the Star the mall has “excellent surveillance technology.”

“We are working closely with Toronto Police Services to support the investigation,” director William Correia said in an email.

“The safety of our employees and customers is our top priority. There is no place for gun violence in our city, let alone in shopping centres,” he added.

 

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