Gunman dead after shooting 14, killing two, in Toronto — Canadian police

A police officer escorts a civilian away from the scene of a shooting, Sunday, July 22, 2018, in Toronto. (AP)
Updated 23 July 2018
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Gunman dead after shooting 14, killing two, in Toronto — Canadian police

TORONTO: A gunman opened fire on a Toronto street filled with restaurants late on Sunday, killing two people and injuring 12 others, including a young girl, authorities said. The suspected shooter was later found dead.
The girl was in a critical condition, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said.
"We are looking at all possible motives ... and not closing any doors," Saunders told reporters at the site of the shooting.
Paramedics, firefighters and police converged on the scene in Toronto's east end, which has many popular restaurants, cafes and shops.
Police said the gunman used a handgun. Earlier reports said nine people had been shot.
The gunman, a 29-year-old man, exchanged fire with police, fled and was later found deceased, local media reported.
Reports of gunfire in the city's Greektown neighborhood began at 10pm local time (0200 GMT Monday), CityNews.com said.
Witnesses said they heard 25 gunshots, the news website reported.
Toronto is grappling with a sharp rise in gun violence this year. Deaths from gun violence has jumped 53 percent to 26 so far in 2018 from the same period last year, police data last week showed, with the number of shootings rising 13 percent.
Toronto has deployed about 200 police officers since July 20 in response to the recent spate in shootings, which city officials have blamed on gang violence.
Toronto Mayor John Tory told reporters the city has a gun problem, with weapons too readily available to too many people. 


‘Yellow vest’ marks 3 months of protests

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‘Yellow vest’ marks 3 months of protests

  • Some 41,500 people took the streets on Saturday, according to police, the 14th consecutive Saturday of protests across the country
PARIS: French officials on Sunday strongly condemned anti-Semitic abuse and anti-police attacks by some “yellow vest” demonstrators as hundreds gathered in central Paris to mark the third month of the anti-government protests.
Prosecutors have launched an investigation into a group of protesters who shouted anti-Semitic insults at philosopher and writer Alain Finkielkraut during demonstrations in the capital on Saturday.
In a separate incident, a police car stuck in a traffic jam in Lyon, southeastern France, was stoned by demonstrators.
President Emmanuel Macron condemned the abuse directed at Finkielkraut, tweeting: “The anti-Semitic insults he has been subjected to are the absolute negation of what we are and what makes us a great nation. We will not tolerate it.”
The abuse was caught on video and broadcast on television and social media.
The stoning incident in Lyon was also captured on video, with footage filmed from inside the police car showing dozens of protesters throwing stones at the vehicle.
“We’re under attack and being stoned,” reported a policeman.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner described the actions of the protesters as “intolerable.”
In Paris, 69-year-old Finkielkraut, who had voiced support for the “yellow vest” movement before later criticizing it, denounced the protests as “grotesque.”
“I felt absolute hatred and, unfortunately, this is not the first time,” Finkielkraut told Journal du Dimanche.
“I no longer back these demonstrations, it’s becoming grotesque, it’s a movement that no longer knows how to stop,” he said.
“These demonstrations are a bit like the Golem (a mythical Jewish giant) it moves forward smashing all around it,” he added.
The incident has rekindled claims by Macron that recent acts of anti-Semitic vandalism, including the painting of Nazi swastikas over portraits of famed French holocaust survivor Simone Veil, was the work of far-left and far-right activists within the “yellow vest” movement.
The “yellow vest” protests, which have no organized leadership, began three months ago on Nov. 17 over increasing fuel taxes.
They quickly grew into a broader anti-government rebellion fueled by anger toward Macron.
Some 41,500 people took the streets on Saturday, according to police, the 14th consecutive Saturday of protests across the country.
There were clashes and arrests in several cities but the level of violence and number of demonstrators were down on the previous weekend.
On Sunday, hundreds of protesters marched on the famous Champs-Elysees avenue, this time to mark the anniversary of the start of the movement.