* Police say man shot dead may have had gang affiliation
* Two shooting victims still in hospital
* Eaton Centre, top tourist destination, remains closed
By Jeffrey Hodgson
TORONTO, June 3 Toronto police said on Sunday
they think they know the identity of the shooter who killed one
person and wounded six others on Saturday in a rare outburst of
major violence at the city's main downtown mall.
Police also named the man killed: 24-year-old Toronto
resident Ahmed Hassan, who they said may have had some gang
"Our investigation clearly suggests that this is a targeted
shooting and not a random act of violence against the members of
the general public," Brian Borg, a Toronto police detective,
told a media briefing.
"Whether this is a gang motivated shooting has not been
definitively determined. But I can say it is being closely
looked at given that at least one of the victims has known gang
Police did not release a description of the suspect and said
they did not want to contaminate the information they might
still receive from the general public.
But the video footage they obtained from the mall "has been
extremely fruitful in identifying the person that we believe is
responsible for this shooting," said Borg.
"The information that we're moving forward with is that
there is one gunman, and one gun," he said.
VICTIMS STILL IN HOSPITAL
A 23-year old man who was shot in the neck and chest remains
in hospital in critical condition, police said.
Another victim, a 13-year-old boy who was visiting Toronto
with his family, is also in hospital after being shot in the
head. Borg said he is responding well to treatment and is in
critical but stable condition.
Police said seven people in total were shot or grazed. The
remaining victims have been discharged from or left the
A 28-year old pregnant woman who was knocked down in the
melee that followed the shooting is still in hospital, but is
doing well, police said.
The crime happened on Saturday evening in a food court at
the Eaton Centre, one of the city's top tourist destinations.
Witnesses said they heard more than half a dozen shots, which
triggered a rush to flee the building.
The mall, which remained closed on Sunday, was evacuated and
quickly surrounded by dozens of police cars, emergency vehicles
and forensic vans.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said he believed police would make an
arrest soon and urged residents to carry on as usual.
"This is a safe city and I want people to continue doing
what they do every day, go out with their families, go shopping,
have fun," he said.
The incident revived memories of another shooting that
happened just north of the Eaton Centre on Dec. 26, 2005,
Canada's Boxing Day holiday, in which a 15-year-old girl was
killed and several other people were wounded. That shooting was
believed to be gang-related.
Canada has stringent controls on handguns and a lower rate
of gun-related violence than the United States. But mass
shootings are not unknown.
In 1989, a lone gunman targeting women killed 14 people at a
Montreal university in what became known as the Montreal
(Editing by Christopher Wilson)