Arrest made in Eaton Centre shooting spree

BREAKING NEWS Eaton Place arrest

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An arrest was made today in the ugly shooting incident at Toronto's Eaton Centre on Saturday. Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

With files from City-TV- CP and Toronto News sources

“Toronto police have made an arrest in the brazen Eaton Centre shooting that left one person dead and seven others injured,” reports City-TV

“Police didn’t release the suspect’s name but did say he was an adult male and was arrested overnight. Police will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. Monday with more details.

“Two people remain in hospital following Saturday’s shooting: a 23-year-old man was shot in the neck and chest several times and remains in critical condition. A 13-year-old boy who was visiting Toronto from Port Hope with his family was shot in the head and remains in critical condition.

“Det. Sgt. Brian Borg on Sunday that the boy is responding well to treatment.”

The man who was killed – who police identified as Ahmed Hassan, 24, of Toronto – is known by police and is believed to be the targeted man in the shooting. He is “believed to have gang links,” said Borg. NO news yet of a gang-related motive.

Three other people suffered less serious gunshot wounds and were released from hospital.

(From City-TVA pregnant woman who was trampled in the rush for the exits was also released from hospital. She and her unborn child are doing well, Borg said. 

The retail and parking portions of the Eaton Centre reopened Monday, while the Urban Eatery food court will reopen Tuesday, Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited announced. Usual mall hours apply. Click here for more information.

With files from The Canadian Press

The Globe and Mail reported that another man who was shot may also have gang ties.

“A 24-year-old man, Ahmed Hassan, was killed. Police say he was the intended target and that he had gang affiliations,” says the Globe and Mail 

Six others were also shot, including a 13-year-old boy who was struck in the head. A 28-year-old pregnant woman was trampled as a frenzied stampede of shoppers tried to exit the mall. She recovered Sunday. Police said another shooting victim was also known to police.

The terrifying incident follows a rise in the number of shootings in Toronto this year, after years of decline. The graphic evidence of increasing gangland violence is a horrific echo of Boxing Day 2005, when 15-year-old Jane Creba was shopping just a few blocks from the Eaton Centre. She was killed after being struck by a stray bullet in the middle of a gang-related shootout.