And we are told to fear bears..........
One person is dead and seven injured after gunfire broke out in the Eaton Centre food court around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Police say one of the victims is in life threatening condition and two are in critical condition. The other victims are said to have injuries related to trampling and pushing.
One of the victims is said to be a 13-year-old.
The interior search for the shooting suspect has ended and the suspect remains at large, said Const. Victor Kwong.
Police are currently interviewing witnesses and reviewing security camera footage. The coroner and forensic investigation crews are also on site.
Multiple police crews are at the scene and a command post has been set up at Queen St. E. and Yonge St.
Shots were heard in the food court and near the Sport Chek store near the Dundas St. E. entrance at Yonge St. There was also a commotion at the Queen St. E. entrance.
A pregnant woman close to the shooting site, who police initially thought was injured, reportedly went into labour.
Bobby Umar was grabbing a quick meal with his wife, three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter when the shooting occurred.
Umar’s wife had just taken their daughter to a nearby washroom when he heard four or five loud shots fired in rapid succession.
“I looked up and saw a guy, right in front of Szechuan (food stand) … I pretty much grabbed my son and dove under the table,” said Umar.
“He was asking what was that noise and what we were doing under the table and why was everyone running so fast. I said there was a bad man and he was being naughty.”
After about a minute, Umar saw the suspect fleeing southbound toward Queen St. E.
Food court employees directed shoppers toward an emergency exit which leads to Bell Trinity Square.
Umar said his son was scared and disoriented by the rush of bodies.