Videos shared on social media show thousands of people running in panic after two people were shot at the Toronto Raptors’ championship parade. USA TODAY
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said investigators are looking for “a person of interest” seen fleeing from the scene of a shooting during Monday’s Raptors’ NBA championship parade that sent thousands fleeing and left four people injured.
Three people were charged with firearms offenses, but the two guns recovered didn’t use the same ammunition as the casings found at the site of the shooting near Nathan Phillips Square, Saunders told reporters Tuesday.
“We know that there is potentially a firearm that is out there that was involved in this shooting and we are looking for witnesses to locate that particular person,” Saunders said. “We are looking for more witnesses. You can’t have two million people in that small of a space and say, ‘Nobody saw anything.'”
The person of interest was described as a white male with brown hair between 5-foot-9 and 6-feet.
The four people injured suffered “non-life threatening” injuries, Saunders said.
Saunders said investigators haven’t determined the motive for the shooting.
Nathan Phillips Square was at the end of the parade route and the ceremony was stopped for about two minutes when the incident occurred around 3:45 p.m. ET. Raptors radio play-by-play announcer Matt Devlin urged the crowd to remain calm moments after the shots were heard.
“We’re here to celebrate, which we will. But I just want everybody to just take a moment, please stay strong. There is an emergency that is being dealt with,” Devlin told the crowd.
The ceremony continued after the brief stoppage.