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Terror attack not ruled out as two killed in Toronto shooting

By Rob Gillies

The motive behind a gun attack on a busy avenue in Canada's largest city remained unclear last night.

A man killed two people and left 12 others injured after he fired a handgun into restaurants and cafes in Toronto, before dying following an exchange of gunfire with police.

Police chief Mark Saunders did not rule out terrorism as a motive after the incident in Greektown, though officials did not immediately identify the 29-year-old attacker.

Toronto police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray later revealed a second victim had died, though there were no further details.

Mr Saunders earlier said a young woman had died in Sunday's shootings and a girl, aged eight or nine, was in a critical condition.

Five of the 14 people shot by the gunman are in a serious or critical, but stable, condition.

St Michael's Hospital trauma surgeon Dr Najma Ahmed said three underwent immediate operations to save their lives.

Video footage shot by one witness shows a man dressed in black clothes and a black hat walking quickly and firing three shots from the pavement into at least one shop or restaurant in Greektown, a lively residential area with crowded restaurants and cafes.

Witnesses heard many shots and described the suspect opening fire as he walked past restaurants, cafes and patios on both sides of the street.

John Tulloch said he and his brother had just gotten out of their car when he heard about 20 to 30 gunshots. He said: "We just ran. We saw people starting to run, so we just ran."

Police and paramedics arrived quickly on the scene, while people, some in their pyjamas, emerged from their homes to see what was happening.

Mass shootings are rare in Canada's largest city.

Toronto mayor John Tory said: "We were so use to living in a city where these things didn't happen. But there are things that happen nowadays and they are just unspeakable."

This past weekend Toronto police deployed dozens of additional officers to deal with a recent spike in gun violence in the city.

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