2 Seriously Hurt in Shooting Near Raptors Victory Parade in Toronto

June 17, 2019 - 5:00 pm

TORONTO (1010 WINS/AP) -- Two people were shot and seriously injured as Raptors fans packed downtown Toronto on Monday for a massive parade for the NBA champions.

Toronto police said they had taken two people into custody and recovered two firearms after the shooting near Bay and Albert streets in the city's downtown.

Two victims were found with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Videos online show fans running from the area of the shooting.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Toronto's mayor and the Raptors players remained on stage while the ceremony was briefly interrupted.

It's not clear what may have led up to the shooting. Police said they're continuing to investigate.

Before the shooting, officials had already prevented any further entry into a square outside City Hall and shut down several subway stations near the parade due to overcrowding.

Mayor John Tory previously urged every resident to come celebrate the Raptors' first championship and declared Monday "We The North Day" in Toronto, after the franchise's slogan.

Rapper and Toronto native Drake, among the Raptors' best-known fans, was celebrating alongside the players on one of the parade buses.

Some 1.5 million fans withstood the conditions to attend the parade. Nicolas Caramanna, 21, said the crowd started to get rowdy shortly after he arrived at 9 a.m.

Many others chose to miss school or work. Cypher Sabanal, 15, said his mom let him skip class to attend the celebration.

John Moreira called in sick to work so he could be part of Toronto's first celebration of this magnitude since the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.

"I told my boss I wanted to be at the parade and he said there wasn't much he could do if I called in sick, so that's exactly what I did," the 31-year-old said. "I'm looking forward to seeing the whole team. They all work so hard and deserve all the fans being out here."

As the parade inched forward -- discernibly behind schedule -- a number of Raptors could not help but marvel at the fan response.

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