Toronto

Police seek person of interest after Raptors rally shootings in Nathan Phillips Square

Toronto Police say the firearms seized after shootings inside the Raptors victory rally in Nathan Phillips Square do not match bullet casings found at the scene - raising the possibility that another person was involved.

Four people also injured in stabbings near Eaton Centre during Monday's parade

First responders attended to an injured person after reports of shots fired during the Toronto Raptors NBA Championship victory celebration near Nathan Phillips Square. (Tijana Martin/Canadian Press)

Toronto Police are still looking for a person of interest after shootings in Nathan Phillips Square on Monday.

Police Chief Mark Saunders said the guns they seized Monday do not match bullet casings found at the scene, raising the possibility that another person and firearm may have been involved. 

The shootings happened as more than 1 million people were packed into the downtown core for the Raptors victory parade and rally.

At about 3:45 p.m., with speakers on stage addressing the massive crowd in the square, four people were shot in two separate incidents, sustaining non life-threatening injuries. 

Police charged three people and seized two firearms in the immediate aftermath. Two people were arrested in connection with one shooting, Saunders said, while the third was arrested in connection with the other.

Saunders said police are looking for anther person of interest, who was last seen running westbound on Queen Street — a white male, between 5 foot 9 and 6 feet, with short brown hair and a heavy build, wearing a white button-down shirt. 

Police are appealing for witnesses and are now combing through a large amount of video, Saunders said.

4 people injured in stabbing

Meanwhile, four people were also injured in two separate stabbing incidents near the Eaton Centre on Monday, about an hour before shots rang out in Nathan Phillips Square.

Police are seen inside the Eaton Centre after two stabbing incidents in the vicinity Monday afternoon. (Sonya Velez/CBC)

Toronto police say that three people were stabbed at about 2 p.m. in Yonge-Dundas Square, where giant screens had been set up to show the rally. 

Then, almost an hour later, a fourth person was stabbed slightly west on Dundas Street, near the intersection of Bay Street.

All four sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Police couldn't say if they think the stabbings were carried out by the same person, or give any information about whether anyone had been arrested.
 

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