A fight between two groups of young men that culminated in shots being fired on Thursday prompted the evacuation of a mall in Toronto, a month after a mass shooting in the nation´s largest city left two dead.
The incident took place at around 3 p.m. local time on August 30.
"One of the individuals discharged a firearm at least twice". A second suspect has been described as a skinny male in his 20s, standing around five-foot-nine and carrying a black handgun.
A worker in the mall, Carolina Toca, said she heard three or four shots fired.
Two groups of men, with at least three in each group, became involved in an altercation, Toronto police Supt.
"Avoid this area", police say.
With TTC bypassing service to the mall - which spokesperson Brad Ross said was done at the request of police, and is typical after such an event - the parking lot was chaotic.
The mall is expected to re-open at 10 a.m. Friday.
There have been no injuries reported at this time.
In the mall's food court, Eric Wang and his family, who are visiting from Vancouver, were just finishing their meal when they heard what sounded like "distant gunshots".
"The only thing we could think of was to get to the back of the store", he said.
Alexis Uiga and daughter Samantha were having coffee in the mall when they heard gunshots. "Then we heard a second shot and we had to uncover cloak".
Mall officials said stores that were locked down during the incident would remain closed until morning.
Police also wrote: "Yorkdale Shopping Centre is in lockdown".
It is reported by the city police Department on Twitter.
No one was injured in the gunfire that police said took place on the east side of the Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
"Whether it is Yorkdale Mall or anywhere else in Toronto, people should not have to worry about gun violence breaking out", Tory said in a statement.
Mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat tweeted saying she has been following the situation and she was "hoping early reports that there are no injuries hold true".
Customers and employees who need to make arrangements to retrieve belongings can call Yorkdale Shopping Centre security at 416-256-5097.