Union Station locked down following downtown shooting

Union Station has been locked down following a shooting at York Street and Bremner Boulevard, according to Toronto police.

Officers located a man with a “life-threatening” gunshot wound on Saturday around 7:50 p.m. Paramedics were on site tending to the patient.

Union Station has been locked down until further notice. A representative for TPS described a “big scene” with heavy crowds due to a number of events happening downtown. Videos on social media show the evacuated crowds around the station, many wearing Blue Jays jerseys and hats as the team played earlier in the evening.

Other events Friday included Honda Indy Toronto as well as a slew of festivals, concerts and cultural events across the downtown core.

Suri Diaz, who was travelling through Union Station, described a chaotic scene which allegedly included a tactical team on site. Diaz said she saw someone get apprehended by police after she was evacuated from the station. She believes she also saw the victim transported away from the scene by paramedics.

“We’re now just waiting to go back inside once we’re certain it’s safe,” said Diaz in an 8:55 p.m. interview.

Police did not immediately respond to the Star’s request for further comment on the situation.

The TTC said that subway service has been suspended between Osgoode and Wellesley stations “while we respond to a medical emergency.”

The 510 and 509 streetcars, which pass through Union Station, have also been affected.

Metrolinx said in a statement to the Star that GO trains are not entering or leaving Union Station currently, and are “otherwise holding” until police determine everyone is safe. Metrolinx staff are “all safe” and in a secure location.

Anne Marie Aikins, chief spokesperson for Metrolinx, tweeted that she happened to be at Union Station at the time of the incident, saying that thousands of people left “calmly” in spite of the “scary” circumstances.

According to the Union Station website, the downtown transit hub serves over 300,000 travellers daily on GO trains and buses, VIA, UP Express and the TTC.

July 16 also marks the 10-year anniversary of the Danzig shooting in Scarborough, in which more than 20 people were injured and two killed.

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