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Toronto police kill a man with a gun near schools – SABC News

Toronto police shot and killed a man walking down the street with a gun in a city district on Thursday afternoon, an incident that led to the closure of five nearby schools, city officials said.

Toronto Police Chief James Ramer, Toronto Police Chief, said when the police chief responded to an announcement that a gunman in the area had fired after the gunman approached them.

He declined to comment further, citing an ongoing investigation.

Earlier on Twitter, Toronto police said police had fired and that the suspect, who is described as a man in his teens or early twenties, had been injured.

The scene where the man was shot by Toronto police is about 130 meters from William G Davis Junior Public School, which was the last of five schools to come out of closure.

All school locks were lifted after a few hours, according to the Toronto District School Board.

The incident took place days after a Texas gunman killed 19 children and two elementary school teachers.

The Texas shooting has raised concerns about gun violence around the world.

Toronto police have closed about 300 meters of roadway near the scene while special investigators investigate the case, according to Reuters.

“I certainly understand the shock and how shocking it must have been for staff, students and parents, given the recent events that have taken place in the United States,” Ramer said.

Ramer said the Toronto police did not yet have all the information about the incident and “I do not want to speculate and imply that this is something similar to what is happening in the United States.

The shooting at a Texas school on Tuesday was among more than 200 mass shootings reported in the United States in 2022, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group.

The rate of firearms killings in Canada is 0.5 per 100,000 people, well below 4.12 in the United States, according to a 2021 analysis by the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).

Toronto police kill a man with a gun near schools – SABC News

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