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MONTREAL: Fourteen people, including a young girl, were shot near downtown Toronto, police in Canada's biggest city said on Sunday (Jul 22), and the gunman was dead.
Toronto police said in a tweet that it responded to a call at 10pm in the city's Greektown neighbourhood. Nine people were shot and the gunman is also dead, it confirmed.
The young 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.
Police, paramedics and firefighters converged on the site of the shooting in Toronto's east end, which has many popular restaurants, cafes and shops.
The suspect is believed to have opened fire at police before killing himself, the source said.
Global News reporter Jeremy Cohn also tweeted that the victims were "spread across several blocks" in the area.
Witnesses said they heard 25 gunshots, reporters reported.
There were no immediate reports on the extent of wounds suffered by those who were shot by the attacker.
Toronto is grappling with a sharp rise in gun violence this year. Deaths from gun violence in the city jumped 53 per cent to 26 so far in 2018 from the same period last year, police data last week showed, with the number of shootings rising 13 per cent.
Toronto deployed about 200 police officers from July 20 in response to the recent spate in shootings, which city officials have blamed on gang violence.
In videos posted on social media, multiple gunshots can be heard and police cars are seen at the scene.