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Suspect in Toronto mall shooting still on the loose

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 6:51 AM EDT, Mon June 4, 2012
  • Police say they have identified a suspect they think was the gunman
  • One person died and seven were injured in the Saturday shooting
  • The deceased may been connected to a gang, police say

(CNN) -- The suspect in a Toronto mall shooting remained on the loose Sunday, one day after he allegedly opened fire in a busy food court, killing one person and injuring seven.

Police have identified a suspect they believe was the shooter, but have not released a description of him yet. They identified the shooting victim as 24-year-old Ahmed Hassan, of Toronto.

"I think that it's very important that we hear from the public," said Toronto Police Det. Sgt. Brian Borg. "I would rather have that information ... than have the information contaminated with us releasing information at this point," he said in response to why police have not released a suspect description.

Borg said police believe the shooting was targeted, and that the victim may have had some gang affiliation.

Toronto police: 'Idiot with a gun'

He declined to comment on where the suspect might have fled.

"We'll be doing our best to bring this to a close as soon as we possibly can. Once we have the evidence to make an arrest we will," Borg told reporters at a news conference.

Police are continuing to talk to witnesses and scour video evidence of the shooting, which took place shortly before 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday at the Eaton Centre shopping mall.

Among the other victims were a 23-year-old man, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his neck and chest and remained in critical condition Sunday, said Borg. A 13-year-old boy also remained in critical condition, but is responding well to treatment.

Other victims have been released from the hospital or left it without treatment, said Borg. A pregnant woman knocked to the ground in the chaotic aftermath of the shooting is also doing well.

Speaking at the same news conference, Acting Deputy Chief Jeff McGuire sought to reassure the public. He described the shooting as an "isolated incident" and encouraged Torontonians to keep thinking of their city as safe.

"One idiot with a gun on a Saturday afternoon in downtown Toronto does not speak to the state of affairs of the city of Toronto," he said.