Toronto police say they know who mall shooter is

Sun Jun 3, 2012 4:41pm EDT
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By Jeffrey Hodgson

TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto police said on Sunday they think they know the identity of the shooter who killed one person and wounded six others on Saturday in a rare outburst of major violence at the city's main downtown mall.

Police also named the man killed: 24-year-old Toronto resident Ahmed Hassan, who they said may have had some gang affiliation.

"Our investigation clearly suggests that this is a targeted shooting and not a random act of violence against the members of the general public," Brian Borg, a Toronto police detective, told a media briefing.

"Whether this is a gang motivated shooting has not been definitively determined. But I can say it is being closely looked at given that at least one of the victims has known gang associations."

Police did not release a description of the suspect and said they did not want to contaminate the information they might still receive from the general public.

But the video footage they obtained from the mall "has been extremely fruitful in identifying the person that we believe is responsible for this shooting," said Borg.

"The information that we're moving forward with is that there is one gunman, and one gun," he said.


Police stand guard in front of the Toronto Eaton Centre shopping mall where a shooting occurred in Toronto June 2, 2012. REUTERS/Mark Blinch