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Brett Lawrie sprints from Toronto mall after shooting

Jun 2, 2012, 7:06 PM EST

Eaton Centre Mall

A shooting at Toronto’s Eaton Centre Mall early Saturday evening left one dead and seven injured, according to MSNBC.com. Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was at the scene, tweeting:

Pretty sure someone just let off a round bullets in eatoncenter mall .. Wow just sprinted out of the mall … Through traffic …

People sprinting up the stairs right from where we just were … Wow wow wow

This is crazy. … I hope everyone is ok … http://pic.twitter.com/Dk1EWg4J

This is serious .. Oh my god http://pic.twitter.com/J5KaU9qj

Rattled right now

The mall was evacuated and shut down after the incident. Police are still looking on the hunt for the shooter.

The Toronto Globe and Mail has continuing coverage.

  1. Mike Luna - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    I thought they didn’t have guns in Canada. I’m not trolling, I honestly thought that.

    • Old Gator - Jun 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      They have them. They just don’t have the same kind of pathological romance with them, and paranoid sense of false security that comes from romanticizing firearms, that’s a part of our culture down here.

  2. Gobias Industries - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    A real man would’ve thrown his batting helmet at the shooter. Could’ve been a hero.

    • missthemexpos - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      If the shooter was dressed up as an umpire, Lawrie would have taken him down faster than you can say strike 3.

  3. jaysfan64 - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Brett Lawrie, man of all talents – now reporting from Eaton Centre….seriously, buddy, welcome to downtown T.O.!!

  4. jaysfan64 - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Mike Luna – yes, there are guns in Canada…lots of guns in T.O., Montreal, Vancouver…. Lots of idiots, too – at least in Toronto anyways….a girl was shot at Eaton Centre a few years ago, so this is nothing new….

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:16 PM

      Scary shit. I always say Yonge and Bloor down to the Eatons Centre is sketchy, but not in a way that makes you afraid to walk down the street. Then stuff like this happens. Goddammit.

      I feel so sorry for whoever got the worst of this. Whatever the motivation, that easily could’ve been any one of us Torontonians. My thoughts and condolences go out to his family.

  5. madhatternalice - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Matthew, the “have confirmed the shooting” link isn’t working right now…

    • jwbiii - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      The Globe and Mail has been updating its coverage frequently.

      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/shots-fired-at-torontos-eatons-centre/article4226794/

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      Thanks. I removed that link and added jwbiii’s to the piece.

      • madhatternalice - Jun 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

        it’s like i-reporting around here!

  6. prosourcetalk - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Can anyone explain why there appears to be the beginning of a diagonal crosswalk painted in the intersection?

    • jaysfan64 - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      It’s called a pedestrian scramble – Yonge/Dundas is busiest intersection downtown and makes it easier for people to cross the street…

  7. stairwayto7 - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Where is O.J.Simpson at??

    • jwbiii - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      http://www.doc.nv.gov/?q=node/26

      • Old Gator - Jun 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

        …playing with his collection of Pez dispensers.

  8. rico7207 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    Maybe a guy that lost $$$$$$$ on Lawrie’s dumb play was trying to shoot him for costing the game with his stupidity again. Time to send him down to learn how to play along with Farrell to learn how to manage.

  9. pellypell - Jun 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Someone better verify Drake’s whereabouts. Dudes a straight thug…according to his album.

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