A single shooting in a busy food court on the Fourth Ward in Toronto, Canada on Sunday left two men dead and seven people injured, including two officers who were shot, officials told Fox News.
The shooting happened after a “robbery attempt” occurred at around 2:15 p.m. local time on Sunday, Toronto Police Supt. Cam Batten said during a press conference, adding that the officers were “awakened by the noise of gunfire.” The two officers have been treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Toronto Mayor John Tory called the deadly shooting “utterly awful,” and said he saw a picture of the injured officers.
Toronto Police spokesman Meaghan Gray confirmed to Fox News that two men died at the scene, but that police have not released their names at this time.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said he is “working diligently” to confirm whether the victims have been identified.
Multiple people were wounded inside the West End market, which is a food court on Church Street near University Avenue, according to Fox News. Toronto police spokesman Meaghan Gray said six victims of the shooting were taken to the hospital, adding that an eighth victim was airlifted by Toronto EMS.
In a statement posted to Facebook Sunday evening, Toronto Mayor John Tory wrote that Toronto is a “small city that can have an awful lot of bad things happen.”
Toronto police are currently investigating if the shooting is related to another incident involving a man who entered a busy suburban mall armed with a gun on Saturday.
The man then left the shopping mall without getting into any kind of altercation.
Saunders said investigators are interviewing the mall and food court workers.
Reuters contributed to this report.