Police in Toronto, Canada, reported this Friday that a 27-year-old man was shot down while walking with a rifle near a school.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the province of Ontario added that they seized a pistol near the scene where Toronto police shot and killed a man suspected of carrying a riflewhich caused the preventive closure of five nearby schools.
Police went to Scarborough on Thursday after receiving multiple 911 calls about a man walking with a rifle and located him shortly thereafter, the Ontario Province SIU said in a statement Friday. The man was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later.
Toronto Police Chief James Ramer reported that the officers who went to the scene of the suspect, who confronted the uniformed men; however, the police leader declined to elaborate, citing an ongoing investigation.
The incident occurred days after a gunman, identified as Salvador Ramos, 18, killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The massacre raised further concerns about escalating gun violence.
Mass shootings are rare in Canada, where gun control laws are stricter than in the United States. (rts)