Watch the video above: Security stepped up on York University after shooting. Mark McAllister reports.
TORONTO – Toronto police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man they believe fired a gun inside York University which ended up injuring two female students Thursday night.
The shooting happened just after 10:30 p.m. in a food court at the Student Centre.
Police say a man was traveling through the area when he discharged a firearm.
One of the victims was shot in the leg and suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.
A report by York University’s student newspaper, Excalibur, said the second woman was injured by splinters when the bullet pierced through a chair.
The shooting prompted a campus lockdown which was lifted at about 1 a.m.
Police believe the two women were not targeted.
WATCH: New footage show the moments following a shooting at York University Thursday. WARNING: Video contains graphic images which may offend some viewers. Discretion is advised.
The male suspect is described as black, mid-20s, 5’8″-6′, with a black hooded sweatshirt and black coat. Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
York University’s President and Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri released a statement Friday expressing his thoughts and concerns for the two students injured in the shooting.
“Our immediate focus is on supporting the two students and their families, and in providing counseling support for York Community members,” Shoukri wrote.
“Senior University representatives have been with the victims at the hospital, and I am appreciative to hear that both are receiving the treatment they need. I am thankful to understand their injuries are non-life threatening.”
The president’s statement also mentioned that the University has taken measures to enhance safety on campus, including increasing security patrols and Toronto police presence.
A spokesperson for the school confirmed to Global News the increased security will be reevaluated following next week “based on the status of the case and campus security requirements.”
The Excalibur posted a video of the incident on YouTube showing paramedics attending to one of the victims.