Shots rang out shortly after 10 p.m. ET in the Toronto's Greektown neighborhood. Deaths from gun violence in the city jumped 53% to 26 so far in 2018 from the same period previous year, Reuters reported, citing police data released last week showing the number of shootings rising 13%. The suspect fled on foot and was found dead nearby.
It is not yet clear whether the man killed himself or died as a result of his injuries after being shot by police.
Police Chief Mark Saunders did not rule out terrorism as a motive in the attack on Sunday night (Monday NZT) in the city's lively Greektown neighbourhood, though officials did not immediately identify the assailant other than to say he was 29 years old and from Toronto.
Canada's largest city was once dubbed "Toronto the Good" for its squeaky-clean reputation but a mass shooting along one of its most popular restaurant strips is part of a nationwide rise in gun crimes, government data showed on Monday.
Nine people are in hospital after Sunday evening's shooting in Toronto's Greektown neighbourhood. The SIU will provide another update later in the morning.
'We started to hear people scream out front, ' Steinhauer said. Restaurant staff ordered everyone to the back of the room.
"I crouched a bit, and then I thought, 'OK, what do I do?"
The 19-year-old said the shooter stood outside on the sidewalk, but didn't appear to be using a rifle.
The gunman, who was dressed in all black, was on the sidewalk on the north side of Danforth, near the fountain, Graf said.
Police at the scene of the shooting
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says his heart goes out to all those affected by the shooting, including emergency personnel who were the first to respond. "I grabbed Jason and I took him into the alleyway". Get down, they said.
"I always thought if I was up against a guy shooting people, I would run up and grab the gun or something, but there was no way to do that". He was getting out of his auto when he heard the shooting and then saw people running before realizing it was gunfire.
They're asking for people who saw what happened to come forward to speak to them. "But there are things that happen nowadays and they are just unspeakable". The gunman is seen walking down the street with a gun in his hand before he began firing shots.
Luckily, nobody in the coffee shot was hit. "And it's absolutely devastating, I'm devastated", said one witness.
Androo Leipurts was bartending at Brass Taps pub when he heard a loud commotion and looked out the window to see people running.
"It's just mayhem, nobody really knows what's going on".
Police have yet to release any confirmed details of the late Sunday shooting. The suspected shooter is also reportedly dead.
Area resident Gord Cheong said he and his wife were at home when they heard a commotion.
"All you could hear was screaming", Steinhauer recalled. "As we mourn, cherishing and caring for those in our lives may help with the pain", she said, overcome with emotion. "Toronto is a very safe city, with a lot of people from a lot of cultures".