Panic & stampede after shots fired at Toronto Raptors victory parade (VIDEOS)
Shots rang out at Nathan Phillips Square, at the corner of Bay and Albert, on Monday afternoon as tens of thousands of people swarmed the streets of Toronto to celebrate the team’s historic first basketball championship.
Video from the scene shows crowds of fans dressed in red Raptors jerseys stampeding and fleeing in panic from the sound of gunshots.
And again. People running away from the right side. Not sure what’s going on pic.twitter.com/1fEoGoaVMl— Meagan Fitzpatrick (@fitzpatrick_m) June 17, 2019
There has been a reported shooting near the Raptors parade. Prayers Up🙏pic.twitter.com/KIXWoa1Iha— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) June 17, 2019
Two victims have been located, with “serious but not life threatening” injuries, police said. Two firearms were confiscated from two suspects, who have been taken into custody. The investigation is ongoing.
SHOOTING:— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) June 17, 2019
Nathan Phillip's Square
-Bay St and Albert St
-Police have located 2 victims
-Injuries serious but not life threatening
-2 people in custody
-2 firearms recovered
About 1.5 million fans had packed into the downtown Toronto area for the parade, and tens of thousands remained in Nathan Phillips Square outside City Hall when the shooting took place, raising concerns about overcrowding even before the stampede triggered by the shots. Toronto police spokeswoman Allison Sparkes has confirmed the arrests, adding that “we have no incidents currently underway” and “crowds are dispersing.”