Toronto Raptors parade mayhem: Shots fired, stabbing and commute troubles

Elisabetta Bianchini

On a day of celebration in Toronto for the Raptors NBA victory, police in the city have alerted the public about a shooting at Nathan Phillips Square, with multiple people injured, at the heart of the event.

Toronto Police have confirmed that four victims were shot but do not have life threatening injuries. Three individuals have been arrested and two firearms were recovered.

In a statement, Toronto Mayor John Tory condemned the attack and thanked officers for their quick response to the shooting during the Toronto Raptors celebration.

“It is disappointing and I’m sure a source of anger for more than just me that anyone would carry a gun and discharge it at what was otherwise a joyous celebration,” the statement read.

Police have also confirmed that there were two stabbings near the Eaton Centre, next to Nathan Phillips Square. One was at the entrance of a store and the other was near Bay Street. Officials have not confirmed whether the two stabbings were connected.

Fans at in the area could be seen running from the south side of the square. The incident was announced on stage, causing a brief disruption during the celebration, but speeches continued.

Commute disruptions

With thousands of fans in the downtown core trying to catch a glimpse of the Toronto basketball team and hear remarks from high-profile speakers, including John Tory and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, travel in the Toronto area has been severely impacted.

GO Transit has publicly asked customers to use “extreme caution” while using the service, expecting to run at full capacity during the rush hour commute.

The Toronto Transit Commission is also facing severe service disruptions and officials are reminding passengers to “be patient and stay safe.”