Gunman kills woman and shoots 13 more in Toronto, Canada

Gunman kills woman and shoots 13 more in Toronto, Canada

"You can't do this to people and expect them to walk around with a smile on their face, shaking everybody's hands". About two dozen have been fatal.

"It's way too early to rule out anything".

Still, Mr. Goodale said such changes to handgun provisions would be complex and require a "significant remodeling of the Criminal Code".

"Other than the shooter we have a young lady that is deceased", he told reporters. It put the number of wounded at 13.

Paramedics, firefighters and police converged on the scene in Toronto's east end, which has many popular restaurants, cafes and shops.

He was in the city's Greektown neighborhood when he opened fire on Danforth Avenue.

Another witness told CTV he estimated the gunman fired about 20 shots. "We heard a woman yell help". It was a lot.

Witness Jody Steinhauer has told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) she was at a restaurant on Danforth Avenue with her family when she heard what sounded like 10 to 15 firecracker blasts.

"He always was smiling", she said, adding they lived in the same building in Thorncliffe Park, a 21-story gray building that's home to immigrants and Canadians alike.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences to the victims and their families in a post on Twitter, adding: "The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and fearless - and we will be there to support you through this hard time".

Mayor John Tory said the attack is "evidence of a gun problem" in Toronto.

"This is a tragedy, and on behalf of all Toronto residents, we are extending our prayers to all the innocent people attacked tonight, their families and their friends", Tory wrote on Twitter.

Tory added that details of the latest incident remained sketchy and urged people to stay calm.

Police are working quickly to figure out how this happened.

People who knew him say he was unflinchingly polite, had a smile that could light up a room, and helped take care of his aging parents. The city has seen 23 gun homicides so far this year, compared to 16 fatal shootings in the first half of 2017.

Saunders said the police presence would be increased in the Danforth area following the shooting. That includes around 200 additional officers on shift in particular neighborhoods between the hours of 7:00 pm and 3:00 am - when most shootings occur.

The mass shooting in Toronto's Greektown neighborhood stunned people in a normally safe city, already unsettled by an attack just three months ago when a man used a van to plow over pedestrians on a downtown sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 14 in an attack apparently aimed at women.

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