UPDATE (4:24 p.m. ET): Police provided an update that they had apprehended two suspects and two firearms, and two victims had been found with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
What was supposed to be a joyous occasion in Toronto took a scary turn late in the afternoon as the Raptors’ NBA championship parade was interrupted by a shooting in the back of Nathan Phillips Square, as confirmed by the Toronto police on Twitter.
Initial reports of the shooting indicated four shots had been fired, which led to people running in panic from the back of the square, while the Raptors were on stage at the front of the square giving speeches.
Raptors TV broadcaster Matt Devlin took to the microphone and asked those in the square to stay calm, alerting them that there was a “serious incident” in the area nearby.
Speeches from players would continue shortly after the announcement was made, but the concern had obviously shifted to what had happened in the surrounding area. The situation is still developing and there are a number of unconfirmed reports of what exactly happened and where, but it was a scary scene at the Square as well as Eaton Centre, a block away.
We will provide further updates when they become available from police, but for now we hope everyone is able to stay safe and the celebration is able to move forward.