the canadian police said on Sunday that at least five people were killed when a gunman opened fire inside an apartment building in the town of Vaughan, about 25 miles north of toronto.
The Police added that the material author of the multiple homicide died in a confrontation with security forces.
The spokesman for york regional policeLaura Nicolle reported that the police were touring the apartment building to determine the exact number of victims “and to make sure that if someone was injured, they can receive medical treatment.”
Nicolle added that at least five people have died but the final number could rise to seven.
The police spokeswoman added that after the arrival of the police officers there was an “interaction” with the suspect, who died shortly after.
One of the victims, a woman, was taken to the hospital, where she is conscious and her prognosis is not serious, according to the Canadian chain. CBC.
police authorities They do not know at the moment if the suspect and victims had any kind of relationshipwhile the crime scene remains an “active and ongoing scene.”
Police were called to the site early Sunday morning.
“Once the officers arrived, they were met with… a horrific scene in which numerous victims died,” MacSween told reporters, according to Canadian media.
Police are investigating the motive and whether there was a connection between the victims and the male suspect, who has not been identified. The suspect allegedly acted alone.
The victims They were found in different departments of the building.which is located in Vaughan, in the suburbs about 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Toronto.
Residents were immediately evacuated and dozens of ambulances and police rushed to the scene overnight, Canadian media said.
While it suffers far fewer mass shootings than its American neighbor, Canada has experienced an increase in gun violencewhich led him to recently legislate to ban firearms.
In April 2020, A gunman disguised as a policeman killed 22 people in the eastern province of Nova Scotia, Canada’s worst mass shooting.
In September of this year, a man killed 11 people and stabbed 18 othersmainly in an isolated indigenous community in the province of Saskatchewan.
Violent firearm-related crime accounts for less than three percent of all violent crime in Canada, but since 2009, the per capita rate of firearms fired with the intent to kill or injure has increased fivefold.
Canada banned 1,500 types of military-grade or assault firearms in May 2020, days after the shooting in Nova Scotia.
(With information from Europa Press and AFP)
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