Shots fired outside Toronto Eaton Centre shortly after man injured in downtown shooting

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WATCH ABOVE: As Catherine McDonald reports, a hot dog vendor who works near the shooting scene says he is used to the gun violence – Sep 20, 2019

Toronto police are probing a pair of shooting incidents in downtown Toronto, one of which resulted in a man being taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Emergency crews were first called to the area of Sumach Street and Dundas Street East just before 10 p.m. on Thursday with reports a shooting.

A Toronto Paramedics spokesperson told Global News the man was taken to a trauma centre in serious, but non-life-threatening condition.

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A large open space area just to the west of the Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre and an area off of Regent Park Boulevard were blocked off by police as part of the investigation.

Soon after 11:10 p.m., officers were called to the CF Toronto Eaton Centre on Dundas Street West with reports a man firing shots at a vehicle on the street.

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A police spokesperson told Global News the building was also hit in the gunfire, but there were no reports of injuries.

Officers closed Dundas Street West between Yonge and Bay streets as officers gathered evidence. At least one shell casing could be seen on Dundas Street West.

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A hot dog vendor who works near the scene told Global News his colleague who was working Friday night told him he was busy at the time of the shooting.

“There was a line-up of people waiting for hot dogs. After hearing the shooting, people go [running]. He looked around and he saw the broken glass,” Reza, who didn’t want to identify his last name due to concerns, told Global News.

A number of Ryerson University students also expressed their concerns about the proximity of the incident to their campus.

“Sometimes I finish late here at school and I walk here late at night. (It) kind of makes me a little skeptical about walking around at night alone,” Karim Eletry said.

It’s not known if the incidents are connected.

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As of Friday, police didn’t release descriptions of the suspects in either incident.

— With files from Catherine McDonald

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