Toronto police shoot, kill gunman near elementary school

A man brandishing a rifle near a Toronto elementary school was shot and killed by police on Thursday.

The police respond to a report of a gunman walking down a street in the Toronto neighborhood shot the man after he confronted officers, the Toronto police chief said. The incident resulted in the lockdown of five nearby schools, according to city officials. The shooting comes days after a gunman stormed an elementary school in Texas, killing 21 people.

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“I certainly understand the trauma and how traumatic it must have been for staff, students and parents, given recent events in the United States,” Toronto Police Chief James Ramer said. referring to Tuesday’s fatal shooting at Robb Elementary School. in Uvalde, Texas.

Toronto police have not released the identity of the man killed by police or any details of his intentions.

“I don’t want to speculate and suggest it’s something similar to what’s happening in the United States,” Ramer said.

The Toronto Police Operations Twitter account describe the gunman as someone in his late teens or early twenties.

The shooting occurred near William G. Davis Junior Public School. All schools in the incident area lifted their closures after a few hours, according to the Toronto District School Board.

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Salvador Ramos, 18, entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday after shooting his grandmother. Inside the school, he shot and killed 19 children and two teachers before a Border Patrol tactical unit could enter the classroom he barricaded himself in and kill him.

Ramos was not confronted by officers before entering the school through an unlocked door, officials said. Parents outside the primary school reportedly pleaded with officers to enter the school and arrest the shooter for 40 minutes as they stood outside as Ramos dug into one classrooms.