It was supposed to be all about the Toronto Raptors celebrating their NBA Championship with the city of Toronto, and their diehard fans, on Monday, but a shooting has left a stain on the otherwise joyous celebration that saw over 1.5 million people celebrate.
The Toronto Police Department confirmed a shooting occurred Monday near Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, where the Raptors championship parade was taking place, adding that two victims suffered “serious but not life-threatening” injuries and there are two people in custody.
According to Stephanie Smyth of CP24, a woman was shot and police were trying to calm the crowd, in an effort to avoid a stampede as fearful fans rushed to exit.
Members of the media, and those in attendance, started sharing videos of the parade, and the chaos, on Twitter.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 17, 2019
I’m on the roof of city hall and something is happening. People are running including what looks to be cops and security pic.twitter.com/FEbhw88OqI
— Jennifer Pagliaro (@jpags) June 17, 2019
— Antonella Artuso (@suntooz) June 17, 2019
And again. People running away from the right side. Not sure what’s going on pic.twitter.com/1fEoGoaVMl
— Meagan Fitzpatrick (@fitzpatrick_m) June 17, 2019