Police fatally shot 73-year-old armed man at scene, Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit says.
Six people, including an alleged gunman, are dead after a shooting at a condo tower in Vaughan, Ont., on Sunday night, York police say.
Officers were called to the building at 7:20 p.m. ET in response to a shooting in progress. It’s unclear what drove the violence, but York Regional Police Chief Jim MacSween said five people were killed. He described it as a “horrendous scene.”
He said a sixth victim was taken to hospital but is expected to survive. At least one woman, who was conscious, was seen being loaded into an ambulance when news cameras arrived at the building, which is on Jane Street near Rutherford Road.
MacSween said the suspected gunman was killed during an interaction with police. He said there’s no further threat to the community, and expressed his condolences to the victims’ families.
“We’re in the process right now of doing notifications to those families, so at this point I can’t share any information on the victims or the subject,” he said.
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which looks into any incident during which someone is killed or badly injured when police are present, said in a news release Monday that the man fatally shot by an officer was 73 years old.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and a post-mortem exam is scheduled for Tuesday, the SIU said.
The city of Vaughan is located in the Regional Municipality of York, just north of Toronto. The shooting happened at a condo complex not far from one of Vaughan’s best-known attractions, Canada’s Wonderland.
Motive not yet known, chief says
MacSween said it will take some time to determine the motive for the shooting.
The chief said officers arrived at the scene “quite quickly and they went right into the building and dealt with the situation.”
Earlier, Const. Laura Nicolle said police were working with the understanding that there was a single shooter who is now dead following what she called a “very disturbing” weapons call.
Six dead after Vaughan, Ont., shooting, says police chief
York Regional Police Chief Jim MacSween says it will ‘take us some time’ to determine the motive for the shootings.
Victims’ next of kin being contacted, police say
Nicolle said it’s not known if there was any relation between the suspect and the victims and that the condo building remains an “active, ongoing scene.”
She said next of kin are still being contacted, so specific information cannot be released at this time.
But Nicolle said it appears that there were victims in more than one unit in the condo building.
Nicolle said the shooting has left “a lot of people” displaced from their homes as police conduct their investigation.
“We want to make sure that [they] know that they’re going to be safe and that we get them back into their home as quickly as we can.”
Meanwhile, MacSween urged residents to “be patient,” adding that officers will do their very best to clear the building as quickly as possible.
He said officers are clearing the building “floor by floor” to make sure nothing is missed.
“They’ll continue to do that work until it’s done. We have engaged with some residents already and asked them for their patience, and so we’re hoping within a couple of hours we can have everybody back, but it’ll take some time.”
In a brief statement, Vaughan Mayor Stephen Del Duca condolences to the families of the victims on behalf of himself and city council.
“I want to recognize the brave first responders who are working to safeguard the situation,” he added.
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