Two people have been killed and nine injured including a child as a gunman opened fire in central Toronto on Sunday night before being shot dead.
Toronto Police said they had responded to a call at around 10:00 pm (0200 GMT Monday) in the city’s Greektown district.
“Conditions of victims not known yet. A young girl is one of the 9 victims,” the police department tweeted.
The police said the nine victims did “not include the shooter who is dead”, adding that the suspect is believed to have opened fire at police before killing himself, AFP writes.
Witnesses described to local media hearing about 20 shots and the sound of a weapon being reloaded several times.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford tweeted out a message of solidary with the victims, saying: “My heart goes out to the victims and loved ones of the horrific act of gun violence in Toronto.
“Thank you to all the first responders for acting quickly to help everyone affected.”
Though Canada has relatively low levels of gun violence, particularly compared with its neighbour the United States, there have been increased cases of attacks over the past years.
Canada’s largest metropolis has been concerned over a spate of shootings, more than 200, this year, with about two dozen have been fatal.