Toronto Police Shot and Killed a Man Carrying a Firearm Near Three Schools, Police Say

Officers responded to reports of a man carrying a firearm and “there was an interaction” between the officers and the man, according to the Special Investigations Unit in the Canadian province of Ontario. At some point during the interaction, two officers shot the suspect, striking him at least once, police said. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

At least four schools in the area were under lockdown Thursday as authorities tried to determine the scope of the threat, according to a series of tweets of the Toronto District School Board.
The incident comes as the US is grappling with the shock of two recent mass shootings: the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade in Uvalde, Texas, and a racist supermarket shooting in Buffalo, New York.

“We certainly understand the trauma and how traumatic it must have been for staff, students and parents given the two recent events that have occurred in the United States,” Toronto Police Chief James Ramer told a news conference. after the incident, referring to Uvalde. and shootings in Buffalo.

He added that he understands the concern of the community since the alleged armed man was very close to the schools.

Schools closed included William G. Davis Junior Public School, Joseph Howe Senior Public School, Charlottetown Junior Public School and Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute, according to a tweet from the school board.

“I was really scared, I just started praying,” one student told CNN affiliate CTV.

The Ontario Special Investigations Unit is now investigating the fatal shooting, according to a news release.

“Four investigators and three forensic investigators have been assigned to the case,” the statement said.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford tweeted his thanks to the police and emergency services for their “swift action”.

“Thank you to the police and emergency services for their swift action today in Scarborough,” he said. “We are extremely grateful for all you do to keep our communities safe.”

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