BREAKING-- Shooting at the Toronto Eaton Centre
By Priya Kumar, Associate Editor
Here at SHE we pride ourselves on covering the latest hard-hitting news from the fashion, entertainment and art worlds. Last night on at 6:23PM when a round of gunfire went off at Toronto’s iconic landmark, the Eaton Centre, there was no question about whether or not to address the tragedy. The Eaton Centre is the hub of all things fashion and entertainment in our sprawling metropolis and when such senseless acts of violence take place, it is our job as a lifestyle media outlet to report on and condemn the individuals responsible.
For those of you who have not yet heard, shots rang out during the bustling dinner hour in the food court packed with shoppers below Sears on the Dundas side of the mall. One man, 25, was fatally shot and another 6 were injured including a 13 year old boy, who is fighting for his life today. An 8th victim, a pregnant woman was also rushed to hospital in labour after being trampled by the ensuing stampede of shoppers trying to make it to safety.
Victims being rushed out of the mall-- Courtesy Toronto Star
As I write this piece, a shooter has neither been apprehended nor a description released to the public. “The injuries to the man who was killed suggest that he was the targeted victim of this shooting, but there are a number of other people who were clearly innocent bystanders going about their daily lives,” Police Chief Bill Blair was quoted as telling reporters. “This is a very, very serious crime and the level of violence and wanton disregard for the lives and safety of fellow citizens is shocking to us and should be shocking to the people of Toronto.”
Police Chief Bill Blair outside the Queen Street entrance
He went to say that the bystanders that were shot were in the general vicinity of the targeted victim. These bystanders included the said 13-year-old boy.
The incident is reminiscent of the 2005 Boxing Day shooting death of 15-year-old Jane Creba. Creba was out shopping with her sister when she and six others were caught a street battle between rival gangs. Creba was the only fatal victim that day.
There really is no place for this sort of behavior on the streets of Toronto. Gang culture is not rampant, nor is it trendy anymore. The individuals responsible for this brazen act of terrorism (oh yes, I just went there) will be chastised and brought to justice for their cowardice. As a Torontonian I am incensed by this situation. Our city may be an accepting one, but when it comes to the safety of its citizens, tolerance is no longer an option.
The Food Court where the incident took place
The feeling was best summarized by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, who represents the ward the Eaton Center is located in—“Toronto is a safe city and we will not be intimidated by these senseless actions. We need to double and redouble our efforts to rid our city of gun violence. We will not run from this.”
Dundas Square-- Courtesy Toronto Sun
Mayor Ford- Courtesy CP24