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Shooting outside Toronto high school leaves 1 dead, 1 teen injured

A shooting at an east-end Toronto high school Monday afternoon left one person dead and one teenage boy in hospital, police say.

Shooting happened outside Woburn Collegiate Institute in Scarborough Monday afternoon, police say

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. police were called to Ellesmere Road and Markham for reports that a person was shot. (Dalia Ashry/CBC)

A shooting outside an east-end Toronto high school Monday afternoon has  left one person dead and one teenager in hospital, Toronto police say.

Police say they received a call about a male shot outside Woburn Collegiate Institute shortly before 3:30 p.m.

Officers attempted life-saving measures and the victim was rushed to hospital but later died, they say. 

Not long after, a second victim walked into a hospital, also suffering from gunshot wounds. He has since been transported to a trauma centre, police say.

Victims believed to be in their teens

Duty Insp. Lori Kranenburg said both victims are believed to be teenagers, but she could not confirm if either victim was a student at the school.

Police are appealing for witnesses and for anyone who may have cellphone or dashcam video to contact them.

They say the shooter was last seen fleeing westbound from the area. He is described as a male wearing a black jacket and a "COVID mask."

The Toronto District School Board said Woburn Collegiate Institute and neighbouring Woburn Junior Public School were both placed in lockdown, but the lockdowns have since been lifted.

Shooting makes mayor 'very angry'

Mayor John Tory said it's "terrible" that the fatal shooting happened in front of Woburn Collegiate Institute, and he is "so angry" to know gunfire erupted in the middle of the afternoon "in the shadow of a school."

In a statement posted on Twitter, Tory said "any gun violence is unacceptable," but "it is even more frustrating to know someone would carry a gun leave alone pull the trigger anywhere near a school."

The mayor said schools should be safe for everyone "and absolutely free of guns and gun violence."

"This latest incident makes me very angry and I intend to sit down with police and school board officials to see what more we might do to ensure the safety of students, educators and staff in and around our schools," Tory said in the statement.

The mayor extended condolences to the victims and their families.

Meanwhile, Canada's Minister of Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair says his "heart goes out to all those impacted by this horrible tragedy."

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