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Toronto shocked by 'cowardly act': Mayor

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Toronto shocked by 'cowardly act': Mayor

Toronto shocked by 'cowardly act': Mayor

Toronto Mayor John Tory says the city is "shocked by this cowardly act of violence" after two people were killed and 12 others injured in a shooting on Sunday night.

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Toronto shocked by 'cowardly act': Mayor

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A gunman opened fire on a Toronto street filled with people in restaurants late on Sunday, killing two people and injuring 12 others, including a young girl, authorities said.

The suspected shooter was later found dead.

The girl was in a critical condition, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said.

"We are looking at all possible motives ... and not closing any doors," Saunders told reporters at the site of the shooting.

Paramedics, firefighters and police converged on the scene in Toronto's east end.

Police said the gunman used a handgun.

Earlier reports said nine people had been shot.

The gunfire on Danforth Avenue in the city's Greektown neighborhood began at 10 p.m.

Local time (0200 GMT Monday), the Special Investigations Unit said, adding that the gunman walked down the busy avenue firing at groups of people.

Danforth is filled with restaurants and a family-friendly night life.

The gunman, a 29-year-old man, exchanged fire with police, fled and was later found dead, according to the Special Investigations Unit, which investigates deaths and injuries involving police.

Toronto Mayor John Tory told city councilors on Monday morning that the city was shocked by "this cowardly act of violence," adding that the city has a gun problem, with weapons too readily available to too many people.

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