Toronto: Four injured in championship parade shooting

Toronto: Four injured in championship parade shooting

Toronto Raptors celebrate the NBA Finals win during their Championship parade

Four people suffered “non-life threatening” injuries during a shooting Monday during the Toronto Raptors’ NBA Championship parade, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said.

Three people were arrested in separate incidents related to the shooting.

The Toronto Raptors were celebrating with large crowd in attendance for their victory over the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors.

The shooting brought negativity to a city that just captured its first NBA Finals win in its history.

Prime minister Justin Trudeau, Toronto’s mayor and the Raptors players remained on stage while the ceremony was briefly interrupted.

The celebration was briefly put on pause, but resumed after the crowd was informed of the emergency.

“It is disappointing and I’m sure a source of anger for more than just me that anyone would carry a gun and discharge it at what was otherwise a joyous celebration,” Mayor John Tory said.
“I hope those responsible will be held to account to the full extent that the law permits,” he said. “I want to commend and thank the millions of other people who happily and peacefully celebrated our beloved Toronto Raptors.”

During the parade, Tory presented the team with the key to the city.

“We are so proud of our Toronto Raptors and their championship win. Presenting the entire organization with the City’s highest honor is our way of saying thank you on behalf of all Toronto residents,” he said in a statement.
“This historic playoff run galvanized and united not only Toronto, but all of Canada, bringing together fans from coast to coast to coast. The victory itself and the events surrounding it will inspire Torontonians, especially young people, for years to come.”


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