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Two killed, 19 injured in Toronto shooting

ETF officers stand guard following a shooting that left 19 injured and two dead in Toronto late Monday, July 16, 2012. — Photo AP

TORONTO: Two people were killed and at least 19 injured in a shooting at an outdoor party in Toronto, police said on Tuesday, raising fresh fears of a rise in gun crime in Canada's largest city.

Police said it was too early to say what prompted the shooting late on Monday in which a young man and young woman were killed. Many of those hurt were injured in the panic that ensued after shots were fired.

“This is the most serious crime of its kind to ever take place in the city of Toronto,” Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair told reporters at the scene.

Coming barely six weeks after a shooting at a shopping mall that killed one and wounded six, it is likely to raise fears about the use of guns in a city which takes pride in its relatively low crime rate compared with US urban centres.

Police said they had one person in custody but that more than one shooter was involved. At the time of last shooting in Toronto's Eaton Centre the city's mayor, Rob Ford, described it as an isolated incident in “the safest city in the world”.

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Fawad Khan
Jul 17, 2012 03:43pm
and what about the ongoing ruthless massacre of innocent Muslims in Burma???? Does anyone have to say something?? It's not being voiced anywhere except for certain social networking websites?? It's not been even condemned.. Why two-faced?? Why would media not play Big-Brother now??
Naseema Perveen
Jul 17, 2012 12:54pm
ooopss....bad news its really heart breaking