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Toronto steakhouse shooting carried out by 2 masked gunmen

Toronto police are seeking two men who fired shots inside a crowded restaurant Sunday night, sending a man and a woman to hospital.

Man and woman shot were likely targeted, according to police

Police cordoned off the area outside Michael's steakhouse in downtown Toronto after Sunday night's shooting that left two injured. (Chris Iorfida/CBC)

Toronto police now say two gunmen were involved in the shooting of a man and a woman inside a crowded upscale steakhouse Sunday night.

Investigators believe the shooting at Michael's on Simcoe just before 10 p.m. ET. was a targeted incident.

"I was in the kitchen running around when I heard gunshots," restaurant owner Michael Dabic told CBC News. "My staff barricaded themselves in there. There was broken glassware and broken bottles. They were frightened. I was frightened."

Police initially said they were looking for one shooter, but this morning said two men opened fire inside the restaurant, then fled on foot.

"A couple was sitting here having dinner ... and two suspects wearing masks came in and shot them," Det. Paul Ward said.

The man, 29, was shot in the neck, and the woman, 28, was shot in the hip, Ward said. Both were rushed to hospital and are expected to survive.

Video footage from the restaurant taken at the time of the shootings is now in the hands of police. Clips may be released later today in the hopes the public can help identify the gunmen.

Police have called in the guns and gangs squad to investigate. 

"It's outrageous that with families, you just come into a restaurant at point-blank range and start shooting. It's crazy; it's unconscionable," Dabic said.

A woman who frequents the area spoke to CBC News on Monday morning and said she was surprised to learn about the shootings.

"It's frightening," she said. "I think about 'What if?' What if I was sitting there or somebody that I know and love was sitting in there, and they were hurt?"

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