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Breaking: Gunshots Reported at Raptors' NBA Title Parade

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A day of celebration appeared to have taken a violent turn Monday as the parade for the NBA champion Toronto Raptors was interrupted by gunshots in Nathan Phillips Square.

Global News reported there was one victim, a woman who was shot near Bay Street at approximately 4 p.m. local time. Later reports said two people had been shot.

Toronto police kept the public apprised of the situation via Twitter, reporting the news as they had it.

Their initial report said police and emergency medical services were on the scene as a crowd fled from the site of the shooting.

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Police soon provided another update saying a second victim was located, two suspects were in custody and two firearms were recovered from the scene.

Police described the injuries as “serious but not life-threatening,” as close to a silver lining as can be found from this incident.

After the suspects were arrested, the Raptors’ celebration continued as planned.

The city of Toronto had reported a crowd of 60,000 at Nathan Phillips Square.

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The parade was originally intended to wrap up at 2 p.m., but the celebration filled the afternoon thanks in no small part to what seemed like the entire population of Toronto — nearly 3 million people — filling the streets.

Indeed, the city’s own estimate had the citywide crowd at approximately 2 million, fully two-thirds of the overall population.

The Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110 Thursday in Game 6 to win the NBA Finals 4-2 and bring the city its first basketball championship.

The last time Toronto held a championship parade was in 2017 for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, but the city’s last win in one of the “four major North American sports” of MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL came in 1993 when the Blue Jays won the World Series.

Sadly, what should have been one of the happiest days in the history of a proud sporting city was marred by the dark specter of violence.

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Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Birthplace
Boston, Massachusetts
Education
Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Nevada-Reno
Location
Seattle, Washington
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Sports




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