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Toronto Police Make Arrest in Eaton Centre Weekend Shooting

June 04, 2012

Toronto police made an arrest in connection to a shooting that killed one man and injured seven people over the weekend at the Eaton Centre mall.

“An arrest has been made, no further details at this time,” the Toronto police department wrote on Twitter this morning.

Ahmed Hassan, 24, of Toronto, was killed in the June 2 shooting, which took place in a food court at the downtown mall around dinnertime, police said. The shooting sent hundreds of panicked people running for the exits, the Toronto Star newspaper reported.

“Our investigation clearly suggests that this is a targeted shooting and not a random act of violence against the members of the general public,” Detective Sergeant Brian Borg said at a news conference in Toronto yesterday.

Six others were shot. A 23-year-old man who was shot in the neck and chest was in critical condition. A 13-year-old boy who was shot in the head was in critical but stable condition, Borg said.

A 28-year-old pregnant woman who was injured, though not shot, was released from hospital yesterday without having the baby, the Toronto Star reported.

Eaton Centre, near the main square along Yonge Street in Canada’s biggest city, was planning to reopen today after closing yesterday for a police investigation, according to the the mall’s website.

Gang Connections

The victim was known to police and may have had gang connections, said Borg. At least one of the shooting victims has gang links, he added.

Police called the shooting an isolated incident.

“One idiot with a gun on a Saturday afternoon in downtown Toronto does not speak to the state of affairs of the city of Toronto,” said Acting Deputy Chief Jeff McGuire.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper condemned the shootings in a statement issued by his office. “Canadians should be assured that such depraved and monstrous acts will be met with the full force of the law,” he said.

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie said on Twitter that he was at the mall when the shots broke out. “Pretty sure someone just let off a round bullets in Eaton Center mall .. Wow just sprinted out of the mall ... Through traffic,” he wrote.

To contact the reporters on this story: Sean B. Pasternak in Toronto at spasternak@bloomberg.net; Andrew Mayeda in Ottawa at amayeda@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net


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