Toronto shooting: Police name dead woman and male victim

Image copyright Youtube Image caption One of the dead has been identified as 25-year-old Reese Fallon

One of the two people killed in a shooting on a crowded Toronto street on Sunday has been identified as Reese Fallon, 25.

Police said she and a second man were on a sidewalk when they were shot.

Five others were injured. Police said they have identified all victims except one.

The incident occurred on Yonge Street in north Toronto, home to many high-end shops and offices.

Toronto police have said the motive of the shooting is unclear, adding that no arrests have been made.

A large number of police officers are searching for suspects and crime scene investigators are in the area.

Image copyright AFP Image caption A male victim, 24, was on a cellphone video being rushed by emergency workers

Witnesses told CBC News it appeared that the two gunmen were firing into crowds in the downtown neighbourhood.

The second victim has been identified as Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45.

He and Ms Fallon were standing on the sidewalk when the shooting happened. Police say a man wearing a hooded jumper who was with the attackers then fled.

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Witness Sophia Ogudu told CBC News the chaos began when “we saw a lot of people running past, looking panicked, some children.”

“We just turned and saw Reese [Fallon] shot in the head.”

“We saw people, even kids, lying on the street,” she said.

“One man was wearing yellow shorts running away with a bloody shirt.

“Another man was lying with a huge gash on his chest. She was the first one on the ground. We ran away from them.”

Image copyright AFP Image caption A male victim, 24, was on a cellphone video being rushed by emergency workers

Ms Ogudu said she and others ran to a nearby convenience store, where a store employee kept them safe until police arrived.

“I was telling everyone to hide if you could because there was a lot of gun fire. I saw Reese laying on the ground. Her friends just kept screaming,” she said.

Mr Gevaudan had been injured in the face, CBC News reported.

‘No plan’

Police in the US have warned of increased rhetoric from anti-government individuals and “right-wing” extremists.

The FBI’s threat assessment system has placed “frequent and credible” threats of violent attacks to liberal politicians and groups on the US list of high-risk targets.

Toronto Mayor John Tory had urged the public to be vigilant in light of concerns about the “lone wolf” terrorists.

“We do not have a plan,” he told CBC, in reference to the attack.

“You can see the police presence there, I just want to thank the police and all of the workers in the police services there for doing an excellent job.”

Tory also said he was in contact with Toronto Police Service Commissioner Mark Saunders on Sunday.

“I understand that a major suspect has been detained. I am also satisfied that we have determined that there is no need for additional resource mobilization at this time,” he said.

“We don’t know enough information and it’s dangerous to draw any conclusions.”

Images have emerged on social media showing bullet holes in cars and windows.

Tory said he was praying for all of the victims.

“I don’t have any doubt that at some point something really awful and terrible happened. That’s what I’m here for: to help as much as I can,” he said.

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