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As gunfire rips through Toronto's Greektown, a community is 'shaken'

Eyewitnesses described a "terrifying scene" in which a lone gunman opened fire in Toronto's popular Danforth area on Sunday night, killing two and injuring at least a dozen.

'They are just in shock that this happened in their neighborhood,' CBC reporter says of residents

Toronto police officers stand watch on Danforth Avenue at the scene of a shooting. (Cole Burston/AFP/Getty)
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Eyewitnesses described a "terrifying scene" in which a lone gunman opened fire in Toronto's popular Danforth area on Sunday night, killing two and injuring at least a dozen. 

CBC News reporter Meagan Fitzpatrick told The Current that witnesses reported seeing the gunman — dressed in black — zig-zag across the busy east-end strip, firing at restaurants filled with dining families.

"People were diving for cover trying to get out of the way but people also saw other people who had been shot and were laying on the ground and they were trying to help them," she told The Current's guest host Megan Williams. 

Fitzpatrick said community members are "shaken" by the gunfire. 

"I talked to one woman whose children had been out for ice cream just an hour before it happened and she was literally choking back tears."

"They are just in shock that this happened in their neighborhood, which is known, as you know, a safe place in Toronto."

WARNING: This video contains images that some may find disturbing

Warning: This video contains some graphic content. Witness captured man, believed to be the shooter, fire several gunshots into a Greektown eatery. 0:25

The 29-year-old shooter was found dead on Danforth Avenue. It is unclear whether it was as a result of police fire or a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Fitzpatrick.

Police have said they don't yet know what prompted the attack but are investigating all possibilities.

The shooting follows a recent spate of downtown Toronto shootings that has left residents reeling. Toronto Mayor John Tory told reporters Monday morning the shooting is evidence of Toronto's "gun problem."


This segment was produced by The Current's Kristian Jebsen.