Yorkdale Mall in Toronto Evacuated Over Reports of Gunshots

August 30, 2018 Updated: August 30, 2018

Toronto Police said they are responding to reports of a shooting at the Yorkdale Mall, prompting an evacuation.

The incident took place at around 3 p.m. local time on Aug. 30.

Police spokesperson Caroline de Kloet told CBC Toronto that there were reports of gunshots. It is not clear if anyone was injured.

“What we have is reports of shots being fired. I can’t give you any other information at this time,” Sgt. Frank Partridge told CP24.

“Officers have confirmed a discharge in the area,” the Toronto police Twitter account said.

Police also wrote: “Yorkdale Shopping Centre is in lockdown. Nobody being let in. People being assisted to leave. Officers canvassing for witnesses and video from witnesses, mall and stores. No injuries. East side of mall is location of incident.”

Officials are advising people to stay away from the area.

Police also tweeted they are looking for two male suspects in their 20s, including one who is possibly carrying a gun.  One suspect is described as a black male wearing a hoodie or a black jacket along with blue jeans. The second suspect described as a mixed-race male who is around 5’9” tall and was seen carrying a black handgun, CTV News reported.

The CBC reported that subway trains on line 1 aren’t stopping at Yorkdale.

“I’m in Yorkdale shots were fired ? Locked in the Rolex store for safety,” Twitter user Kelly Freeman said, according to CP24.

“Was eating at The Cheesecake Factory when alarms started going and people started running. Stuck in the parking lot,” added Travis Paul, a Twitter user who said he was at the mall.