Published: Thu, June 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Two people shot during Raptors NBA championship parade

Two people shot during Raptors NBA championship parade

The Toronto Police confirmed the shooting on Twitter shortly before 4 p.m. ET, saying there was a report of a woman shot in Nathan Phillips Square as the city's National Basketball Association fans celebrated the victory.

Hundreds of thousands of people packed downtown streets for a victory parade, ending with the team taking to the stage outside Toronto City Hall.

More than a million strong packed into Toronto's downtown core for a massive party almost a quarter-century in the making.

Police Chief Mark Saunders said four people suffered gunshot wounds but said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

The festivities were briefly suspended as one of the hosts alerted the crowd that there was an emergency and urged the public to stay calm.

Police are looking for a fourth person and said they haven't recovered the gun involved in the shooting. "It was that kind of vibe", Mr D'Souza said.

Many tried to encourage Leonard to announce a return - Toronto mayor John Tory, the fans chanting "stay", Raptors co-owner Larry Tanenbaum and so on, but teammate Serge Ibaka wanted to give him some space.

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"I'm so happy to be here", said the 28-year-old, who happened to have the day off.

Under NBA rules, the Raptors can offer more money and a longer term than other teams.

An estimate of two million people went out in the streets that paralyzed any activity in Toronto. "Grandma I know you front row already!" One attendee told the media that his boss let him attend the parade after begrudgingly telling him that there was really nothing the company could do if he called in sick. That's the most important, because we play this sport because we want to enjoy and have fun and be happy and be somewhere people love you.

Leonard did say that his Toronto experience surpassed his expectations coming in.

As the parade inched forward - discernibly behind schedule - a number of Raptors could not help but marvel at the fan response.

But the Raptors star and MVP of the NBA Finals said he wasn't thinking about his longterm future on Monday.

"This is unbelievable", he said.

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