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Gunman in Toronto kills 5 in rampage; suspect killed

Police car lights. (Alexandru Cuznetov/Dreamstime/TNS)
December 19, 2022

A shooting suspect killed five people and seriously wounded a sixth person after opening fire at a condo building in the Toronto, Canada on Sunday night. A responding officer fatally shot the shooting suspect.

In a Monday statement, the Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said York Regional Police officers responded to an active shooting at the a condo building at 9235 Jane Street, near Rutherford Road at around 7:20 p.m. on Sunday night.

SIU said one of the officers interacted with an armed man inside the building and the officer fired his gun at the armed man. Paramedics were called but the male suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Reuters reported the Toronto shooting suspect was a 73-year-old man.

The names of the victims and the suspect have not yet been released.

The York Regional Police department said it is working to confirm the identities of the victims and notify their next of kin and hopes to be able to release that information at a press conference at 2 p.m. EST on Monday.

In May of 2020, the Canadian government banned a range of so-called “assault-style firearms” including semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15. That ban came after a mass shooting two weeks earlier in Nova Scotia, in which a shooting suspect killed 22 people.

Earlier this year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also implemented a freeze on the purchase, sale or transfer of handguns in Canada.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.