‘A horrendous scene’: 6 dead, including suspect, after shooting at Vaughan condo building

Six people, including an alleged gunman, are dead after a shooting at a condo tower in Vaughan, Ont., on Sunday night, York police say.

Officers were called to the building at 7:20 p.m. ET in response to a shooting in progress. It’s unclear what drove the violence, but York Regional Police Chief Jim MacSween said five people were killed. He described it as a “horrendous scene.”

He said a sixth victim was taken to hospital but is expected to survive. At least one woman, who was conscious, was seen being loaded into an ambulance when news cameras arrived at the building.

MacSween said the suspected gunman was killed during an interaction with police. He said there’s no further threat to the community, and expressed his condolences to the victims’ families.

“We’re in the process right now of doing notifications to those families, so at this point I can’t share any information on the victims or the subject,” he said.

A police officer, in a grey uniform and helmet, crosses a road outside an apartment building at night.
Officers were called to the building at 7:20 p.m. ET on Sunday in response to a shooting in progress. (Arlyn McAdorey/The Canadian Press)

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which looks into any incident during which someone is killed or badly injured when police are present, said in a news release Monday that the man fatally shot by an officer was 73 years old.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and a post-mortem exam is scheduled for Tuesday, the SIU said.

As day broke over the condo on Jane Street north of Rutherford Road, about 15 police cars and a large forensic identification truck remained outside the high-rise. The main entrance to the building was taped off.

Residents who were evacuated from the condo were able to return to the building early this morning.

The city of Vaughan is located in the Regional Municipality of York, just north of Toronto. The shooting happened at a condo complex not far from one of Vaughan’s best-known attractions, Canada’s Wonderland. 

Motive not yet known, chief says

MacSween said it will take some time to determine the motive for the shooting.

The chief said officers arrived at the scene “quite quickly and they went right into the building and dealt with the situation.”

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Six dead after Vaughan, Ont., shooting, says police chief

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York Regional Police Chief Jim MacSween says it will ‘take us some time’ to determine the motive for the shootings.

Victims’ next of kin being contacted, police say

Const. Laura Nicolle, spokesperson for York police, said it’s not known if there was any relation between the suspect and the victims and that the condo building remains an “active, ongoing scene.”

Nicolle said it appears that there were victims in more than one unit in the condo building.

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Video from the scene showed at least three ambulances and many more police vehicles. Firefighters were also called to the condo building, in the Jane Street and Rutherford Road area. (CBC)

Speaking outside the building Monday morning,  Vaughan Mayor Steven Del Duca offered condolences to the victims and their families and said flags at city hall would fly at half-mast in their memory.

“My heart goes out to the victims, their families, to the people that knew them. It’s just unspeakable that to imagine that has taken place here in our community,” he said.

Del Duca has commended York police and other first responders for their efforts.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he was “shocked and saddened” by the shooting. 

“All of Ontario is thinking of the victims of this senseless violence and the family and friends grieving their loss,” he said.

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