Details are still sketchy, but at least one person is dead and several others are injured after a gunman in the Eaton Centre, downtown Toronto’s main shopping mall, opened fire on a crowd of people.

Not to diminish the seriousness and sadness of this in any way, but it’s worth noting that Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was at the shopping centre when shots first rang out, and it was his tweets, captured below, that first informed many of the violence in downtown Toronto.

Our thoughts are with the victims of today’s awful incident.


Comments (12)

  1. One of the few Saturdays I haven’t gone to the mall..

    So crazy, hope all those in the hospital make a speedy recovery

  2. I did a twitter search after he tweeted to see if anyone else from Eaton Centre had mentioned anything, and it appears Lawrie really was the first or second to announce it.

    What a terrible thing so close to home.

  3. There is a joke to made somewhere in regards to his ill-advised steal attempt at third today… I’ll leave that to the funny-makers.

    Too soon?

  4. Someone needs to have a word with JPA about “Keep Calm And Carry On”
    https://twitter.com/jparencibia9/status/209062313880322049

  5. pretty pathetic stuff. montreal murder, bc bomb threats, mall shooting. this country has gone to hell with harper stelaing the election…bad karma….and that greasy cp24 and their creepy anchors make me wantr to PUKE

  6. This is definitely one of those moments that reminds us how meaningless baseball is in the grand scheme of things. But it also reminds me, at least, of how much I value the distraction.

    • It at least is something constant and comforting, if nothing else. And a welcome diversion.

      It took a while for this whole thing to sink in for me but it is quite terrifying – a public space like this where we just assume we are safe, and this.

  7. https://mobile.twitter.com/slimmkidd/status/209306316085272578

    These fucking ‘thug life’ pigfuckers piss me off so much

  8. Crazy stuff. I was at the Eaton Centre (TEC) at around noon. I went to my folks place for dinner and as we were finishing up I check the Twitter’s and I thought Lawrie was just making a dumb joke. After he posted the pictures we all turned on the news.

    I used to work at TEC until I got promoted to my companies head office and so I still have plenty of friends that work there. My store was right down the hall from the Gap where it occurred. My old manager heard the gun shots and rushed all the customers into the back room and locked the store doors.

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