Two men were killed and 15 others were injured in Toronto on Sunday when a gunman opened fire near a community centre where a Jonas Brothers concert was to be held.
“Today Toronto has endured an unthinkable act of violence. What has happened to our city today has no place in Toronto. I do not know the exact motive behind this shooting, but I know this violence has no place in our city,” city councilor Alok Mukherjee, chairman of the city’s public safety committee, said in a statement.
Kelvin Tong, 28, was shot in the head and pronounced dead at a hospital, while Jahvid Best, 23, died on the operating table at the same hospital, according to family members. Best leaves behind a 4-year-old son, and his pregnant fiancee is eight months pregnant, CBS Los Angeles reported.
“Jahvid was a gem. He was an all-around cool guy,” his sister, Speedy Anderson, posted on Instagram. “A very big part of our family is now lost, not a day goes by that I don’t think about him.”
The shooting broke out at around 10:30 p.m. ET on Sunday when gunshots erupted near Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood. A concert promoter had rented out part of the community centre for the Jonas Brothers concert on Sunday night. Over the course of the concert, the father of four shot into a crowd of people near the community centre. About 15 minutes later, according to police, the shooter entered a nearby restaurant and opened fire at the packed restaurant.
There were 45 people in the Greektown restaurant when a woman was struck in the stomach. Her injuries were minor, according to CNN. Another four people were shot in the air outside the restaurant, including a 13-year-old boy. Three other people were injured while fleeing the restaurant. Police said the man was armed with a handgun.
On Sunday night, the Jonas Brothers released a statement on their official Twitter account calling the shooting “horrific” and “senseless.” The trio expressed their condolences to the victims and their families.