Canada: Gunman causes panic near Toronto school, police shoot suspect

Canada: Gunman causes panic near Toronto school, police shoot suspect


A man armed with a rifle and driving near a school caused panic Thursday in Toronto, two days after the shooting perpetrated in an elementary school in Texas in the United States, which killed 21 people.

Alerted by witnesses, having seen an armed man in a district of the east of the Canadian metropolis, the authorities confined the surrounding schools before the intervention of the police.

“The police have been confronted with this individual,” said James Ramer, the city’s police chief, during a press conference without giving further details, specifying however that the suspect was “deceased”.

The police will strengthen their presence in the area

According to the police Twitter account, the suspect, around 20 years old, was wearing a white cap and a long coat.

“Because of the proximity of the school, I understand how traumatic this could have been for students, parents and staff given what has happened recently in the United States,” said James Ramer, adding that “there is no longer a threat to public safety”.

“We will strengthen our presence in the area, in the short term,” said the police chief who said he did not know the intentions of this man. On Tuesday, a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killed 21 people, including 19 children and two teachers.


 

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