York police seek witnesses after Richmond Hill theatre shootings

A York Regional Police patch is shown in Aurora, Ont., on December 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Arlyn McAdorey

York Regional Police are seeking witnesses after a series of shootings outside a cinema north of Toronto.

Police say video surveillance from 2:30 a.m. Friday shows a suspect in a dark SUV firing multiple shots toward the entrance of the theatre at East Beaver Creek Road and Highway 7 in Richmond Hill, Ont., before fleeing.

Police say the incident was discovered when a theatre employee arrived for work at around 7 a.m. on Friday and found the windows of several doors shattered.

This is the third shooting to occur at the cinema in just over a month.

Someone in a white, four-door pickup truck with a black cargo bed cover fired shots at the theatre’s entrance on May 17. Two days later, someone in a red SUV with silver rims shot at the same entrance.

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A spate of cinema shootings across the Greater Toronto Area earlier this year pushed theatre operator Cineplex Inc. to cancel screenings of South Indian film “Malaikottai Vaaliban.”

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