Five people were killed, including a gunman, in a shooting at board meetings in Toronto

Five people were killed when a gunman burst into a condominium board meeting in Toronto, Canada, on Sunday and opened fire, police officers said.

The gunman was shot dead by police at a condominium in Vaughan, Ontario after he went on his murderous rampage, according to York Regional Police Chief James MacSween.

“Terrible scene,” said MacSween. “Six dead. One of them is the theme. The other five are victims.”

In addition to the five dead, another person was shot and was recovering in a hospital Sunday night.

The chief said there was no further threat to the community and hoped to move residents back into the building once a special forces investigation was completed.

The identity of the shooter was not released late Sunday and a motive for the violence was unknown.

An ambulance is parked in front of the lobby of a residential building after a fatal shooting December 18, 2022 in Vaughn, Ontario.
An ambulance is parked in front of the lobby of a residential building after a fatal shooting December 18, 2022 in Vaughn, Ontario.
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Mass shootings are rare in Canada and Toronto has long prided itself on being one of the safest major cities in the world.

In 2020, shortly after a gunman shot dead 13 people in Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada banned more than 1,500 models of “assault-style” firearms and components and imposed limits on the destructive effects of bullets.

Police stand in the lobby of an apartment building after a shooting in Vaughan, Ontario, December 18, 2022.


Tactical officers from York Regional Police work at the scene of a deadly shooting in Vaughan, Ontario on December 18, 2022.

Tactical officers from York Regional Police work at the scene of a deadly shooting in Vaughan, Ontario on December 18, 2022.


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York Regional Police Tactical Responders are sighted outside the scene of the shooting in Vaughan, Ontario on December 18, 2022.

York Regional Police Tactical Responders are sighted outside the scene of the shooting in Vaughan, Ontario on December 18, 2022.


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The death rate per person from firearms is far lower than in the United States, which has more lax gun laws.

A 2021 analysis by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) found that Canada’s firearm homicide rate is 0.5 per 100,000 people, compared to 4.12 in the United States.

With wires

https://nypost.com/2022/12/19/toronto-board-meeting-shooting-leaves-five-dead-including-gunman-dead/ Five people were killed, including a gunman, in a shooting at board meetings in Toronto

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