TORONTO: A giant parade to celebrate the Toronto Raptors winning their first National Basketball Association title was marred Monday by shooting behind the downtown stage at Nathan Phillips Square — which left two people badly injured and sent revellers fleeing in panic.
A crowd estimated at more than one million people gathered across downtown Toronto for a parade in tribute of the team, but the victory rally at the jam-packed square was briefly halted by gunshots. Toronto police tweeted that two victims had serious but not life-threatening injuries, two people were in custody as a result of the incident and two firearms had been recovered.
Footage shared on social media showed dozens of people scattering from the area behind the stage.But with a crowd of 65,000 packing the square, the celebration went on with only a delay of about two minutes, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joining the team on stage to celebrate the Raptors´ success. “Raptors fans, every day you showed what Canada is made of, people who believe,” Trudeau told the rally.