Tragic News: One Innocent Person Murdered While Seven Are Injured In Daytime Shooting At Toronto’s Eaton Centre!!!
Toronto police have finished searching the Eaton Centre and are now combing through surveillance tape of a shooting that killed a 25-year-old man and left several others injured Saturday evening.
Among those hurt is a 13-year-old boy who got sent to hospital in critical condition, a 20-year-old man also with life-threatening injuries and a pregnant woman who was knocked down in the chaos and went into labour, according to Toronto Police Constable Victor Kwong.
Two other women and one other man are seriously hurt.
No arrests have been made.
The area around the mall, Toronto’s largest shopping centre in the downtown core, was quickly blocked off Saturday evening and the Eaton Centre itself was evacuated and closed down. It was reopened a few hours after the 6:23 p.m. shooting.
Marcus Neves-Polonio, a 19-year-old busser at the food court, says he was walking when a man took out a gun and started firing near the Big Smoke Burger.
Mr. Neves-Polonio says he witnessed someone being shot right in the chest.
He says he saw two people on the ground.
He ducked under a table. “I just hoped he wouldn’t go in my direction,” he said. “I easily could have been shot, too.”
The scene became “mayhem” as people scattered, running for the doors, said Mr. Neves-Polonio.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford came to the mall after 9 p.m. to express his sadness.
“First of all, I want to extend my condolences to the family of the victims … hopefully they pull through. This incident tonight is absolutely terrible, and I’m here to offer my support to the police,” Mr. Ford told media.
“I was just at a football game this afternoon with 13-, 14-year-old kids … I hope the young man pulls through, and I’ll do everything I can to support him, his family and all the other shooting victims too.”
The mayor was joined shortly after by police Chief Bill Blair, who said that “we are very much at the early stages of this investigation.” He encouraged anyone with information about the shooting to contact 52 Division at (416) 808-5200.
He said police had a description of the suspect, but police were waiting to confirm several details before providing that description to the public.
“A lot of innocent people were hurt and a lot of innocent people were put at risk,” Chief Blair told media outside the mall. “We will be relentless in our pursuit of the individual or individuals responsible for this violence.”
Ujjawal Patel, 28, said he was inside the Eaton Centre when he heard 12 to 15 shots ring out. He quickly fled.
“I was so scared,” said Mr. Patel. “If it can happen in the Eaton Centre it can happen anywhere.”
One of the first to report the shooting was Toronto Blue Jays player Brett Lawrie, via Twitter.
It’s not the first time the area has seen gunfire.
In 2005, a 15-year-old was killed and six others were wounded on Boxing Day, 2005, when shots rang out just north of the shopping centre.
Trayvon Martin Case Update: George Zimmerman Lied To The Judge Revoked Bond He Must Surrender In 48 Hours.
Earlier Friday, prosecutors asked a judge to revoke the bond of the neighbourhood watch volunteer.
Prosecutors said in a motion that 28-year-old Mr. Zimmerman and his family misled them about his finances when testifying during a bail hearing that allowed him to be released from jail on a $150,000 bond. Prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda asked for the revocation during a hearing to help determine if prosecutors and the defence can stop the public release of certain documents in the case.
During the bond hearing in April, Mr. Zimmerman’s relatives testified they had limited funds. Mr. Zimmerman’s attorney said several days later that he had discovered his client had raised more than $200,000 from a website. At the time of the hearing, about $135,000 had been raised, and that money wasn’t disclosed at the bond hearing.
“This court was led to believe they didn’t have a single penny,” said Prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda. “It was misleading and I don’t know what words to use other than it was a blatant lie.”
Defence attorney Mark O’Mara said it was an innocent misunderstanding and that Mr. Zimmerman wasn’t using that money for his expenses and wasn’t sure what he could use the money for. He said Mr. Zimmerman used the houses of his parents and grandmother as collateral for the bond.
Prosecutors also said in the motion that Mr. Zimmerman didn’t disclose he had a second passport. Mr. Zimmerman turned his passport over to the court at the bond hearing as a measure that would prevent him from fleeing the country.
Mr. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder and claims self-defence. Mr. Zimmerman shot Mr. Martin last February during a confrontation at a gated community of townhouses in Sanford, Fla., where Mr. Zimmerman lived and where Mr. Martin was visiting his father’s fiancée.
The delay in an arrest for 44 days prompted protests nationwide and led to Sanford’s police chief stepping aside so emotions could cool down.
At Friday’s hearing, Mr. De la Rionda and Mr. O’Mara also asked a judge to stop the public release of witness names and statements made by Mr. Zimmerman to police officers. Those documents normally are part of the public record under Florida law.
“What’s occurring, unfortunately, are cases are being tried in the public sector as opposed to in the courtroom,” Mr. De La Rionda told Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester. “We are in a new age with Twitter, Facebook, and all these things I’ve never heard of before in my career. Everybody gets to find out intimate details about witnesses that never occurred before. Witnesses are going to be reluctant to get involved.”
A consortium of more than a dozen media groups, including The Associated Press, asked the judge to ignore the request, saying such records are presumed to be publicly available under Florida law.
Rachel Fugate, an attorney for the Orlando Sentinel, cited the Casey Anthony trial as an example of a highly publicized case in which a jury was able to be seated despite intense media coverage. The Florida mother was acquitted last year of killing her 2-year-old daughter.
“Discovery in Florida has traditionally been open … and Florida hasn’t encountered problems seating juries and giving defendants fair trials,” Ms. Fugate said.
Mr. O’Mara said Friday on a website that he doesn’t expect the case to be ready for trial until next year.
Mr. O’Mara said he expects to call on 50 witnesses who need to be deposed before he decides whether to file a “stand your ground” motion which would ask for a hearing before a judge without a jury. At the hearing, Mr. Zimmerman would argue self-defence under the Florida law which gives wide latitude to use deadly force rather than retreat in a fight if people believe they are in danger of being killed or seriously injured.