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2 women in their 20s seriously injured in shooting outside bar in Toronto's west end

Two women were seriously injured in a shooting outside a bar in Toronto's west end early Sunday, police say.

Victims of Oakwood Avenue shooting may not have been intended targets, police say

Toronto police officers stand outside a bar on Oakwood Avenue after a shooting seriously injured two women early Sunday. (Jeremy Cohn/CBC)

Two women in their 20s were seriously injured in a shooting outside a bar in Toronto's west end early Sunday, police and paramedics say.

The shooting happened on the sidewalk in front of The Greens Bar & Restaurant on Oakwood Avenue near Vaughan Road. Emergency crews were called to the scene at 2:25 a.m.

Callers told police they heard about six gunshots and the gunfire prompted several people to flee.

When officers arrived, they found the two women suffering from at least one gunshot wound each, according to Duty Insp. Stacey Davis of the Toronto Police Service. 

Toronto paramedics took the two women to a trauma centre in serious but non-life-threatening condition. 

Officers have been canvassing the area for witnesses and surveillance camera video. Police have found several shell casings on the ground. (Jeremy Cohn/CBC)

"The victims were standing on the sidewalk here behind me, when the gunman came up and shot in the direction of the two females," Davis said on Sunday.

"At this time we don't know if they were the intended targets. There was a group of people who were out in front of the bar."

Davis said the bar was letting its patrons out at the time of the shooting.

Officers have been canvassing the area for witnesses and surveillance camera video. Police have found several shell casings on the ground.

Davis said police are appealing to anyone with relevant cellphone or dashboard camera video to come forward.

Police said the suspect is a male, unknown age, armed with a handgun, and he may have fled in a vehicle. No description of the vehicle was available.

With files from Muriel Draaisma