Two students injured in a shooting at York University in March are now speaking out about campus security and their intention to take legal action against the university.
The two, along with six other victims in the shooting, announced they have retained legal counsel and intend to launch a $20.5-million lawsuit against York.
In the March 6 shooting, Qurratul Ain (Annie) Malik was shot in the leg and Namra Malik (no relation) was injured by shrapnel when a man entered the university's food court and fired a gun at around 11 p.m. A campus lockdown occurred after the shooting and was lifted at around 1:10 a.m. the next day.
According to Annie Malik, police arrived at the scene of the crime before on-campus security.
"I wasn't walking alone through a dark passageway at York," she said. "I was sitting at the heart of York University, the student centre, with my friends. Even after the firefighters and the police came to handle the situation, there was no sign of York security personnel anywhere."
A total of eight victims have retained Diamond & Diamond Personal Injury Lawyers as their legal representation.
The lawyers for victims contend York University "does not prioritize the security of their students."
"That is why there are so many incidents of sexual assault, murder and now a shooting," said legal representative Sandra Zisckind. "Clearly things need to change on this campus."
The university said that is untrue, and that "statistics prove that York is as safe, or safer, than other campuses in the Greater Toronto area."
"We empathize greatly with the survivors who are suffering as a result of this terrible and random criminal activity on our campus," read a statement released by the university. "Fortunately Toronto Police Service, with assistance from York, was able to quickly make arrests in this case."
There were seven arrests, two youths and five adults, within a week of the shooting.