UPDATE: Statement on shooting at York, from president

Two women suffered non- life threatening injuries

Gunfire rang out at York University Thursday night.

  The President of York University has just issued this statement:

 York University President and Vice Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri

 TORONTO, March 7, 2014 /CNW/ - "I would like to express my thoughts and concerns for our two students who were injured when a firearm was discharged on the evening of March 6th on our Keele campus. Toronto Police Service was called immediately and York University is co-operating with Toronto Police Service in their investigation.Our immediate focus is on supporting the two students and their families, and in providing counseling support for York Community members. Senior University representatives have been with the victims at the hospital, and I am appreciative to hear that both are receiving the treatment they need. I am thankful to understand their injuries are non-life threatening.As we have resumed normal operations, the University has taken several measures to enhance safety on campus, including increasing security patrols and the use of Toronto Police Service. "



One woman was shot, another injured in the food court of the student Centre of the building on York Boulevard, near Keele St, according to EMS.

They suffered non-life threatening injuries and are expected to recover.

This happened around 10:45 p.m. and police are searching for a suspect who fled the scene. Police have not commented on any possible motive or whether the shooting was random.

Signs were put up in the student centre warning students to find shelter because of an emergency. The lockdown order was lifted just after 1 a.m.





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  1. Jovan posted on 03/07/2014 01:21 AM
    I am quite surprised and disappointed as a Masters student at York that the University Makes no mention of the incident on its website as of yet. Furthermore I has a page dedicated to emergency preparedness where there is also no mention of the incident and only a small banner (hardly noticeable) advising people to stay in place. York really needs to work on their community communications in the event of an emergency such as this.
  2. Sammi posted on 03/07/2014 02:11 AM
    York University needs to step up its security on campus to protect it's students. This is only the most recent incident to threaten student safety at York. Last fall there was an armed robbery on campus outside a student residence. Another incident I am aware of involved a gun or guns in a residence on York campus last year. This is too much to be happening on one campus. What actions are the city and province taking to ensure students safety? Whatever safety measures are currently in place are obviously not sufficient and need to be changed before serious injury occurs. Students should not be afraid to walk and live on campus. As I parent, i should not be getting messages from my child saying "in case you hear about this on the news, I am okay"-while I appreciate my child letting me know she is safe, we have had this conversation TWICE since September. Students should not feel the need to be locked in their room in residence on York campus out of fear for their safety.
  3. Katie posted on 03/07/2014 05:10 AM
    This was dealt with in the most disturbing and disgusting manner. There was no lockdown. The sports bar in York Lanes remained opened after the shooting- despite the fact that the suspect had not been located and had even been reported seen running through the back streets of the bar. The sports bar's door remained open, drinking and partying continued and I saw no sign of security or police for over an hour. I am appalled that York has the nerve to claim the school was on lockdown; there was NO SUCH LOCKDOWN. People were free to roam and drink as they please despite the fact that police had not yet apprehended the shooter. With the past memory of Virginia Tech and Columbine, I am absolutely disgusted in the way that York University and The York Regional Police handled the shooting as if it were nothing of concern. Then they wonder why York is in the media every other day for coverage on sexual assault and violent crimes on murder. You people are paid far too much and do far too little. Perhaps you should use some of the students tuition money or parking ticket fees to train your so-called police and institutional representatives in situations as extremely and as seriously dangerous as tonight was. How dare the media claim the school or police took any measure to ensure the safety of the students. I am appalled with both. Nothing was done to protect these youth while an armed man remained at large.
  4. Mrs. Henry posted on 03/07/2014 05:36 AM
    The information posted on the York University website regarding the shooting is not only misleading but disrespectful to the victims and offers no indication of the seriousness nor how this is being addressed by the University. What is being done to ensure the safety of our children? A fire arm discharge resulting in 2 non life threatening injuries? It was attempted murder and the suspect unapprehended. As a parent, I want to know what is being put in place to protect our children.
  5. Jackie posted on 03/07/2014 05:37 AM
    The information posted on the York University website regarding the shooting is not only misleading but disrespectful to the victims and offers no indication of the seriousness nor how this is being addressed by the University. What is being done to ensure the safety of our children? A fire arm discharge resulting in 2 non life threatening injuries? It was attempted murder and the suspect unapprehended. As a parent, I want to know what is being put in place to protect our children.
  6. DW posted on 03/07/2014 08:00 AM
    It is sad that the university is in a neighbourhood surrounded by public housing and worn out apartments occupied by gangbangers and punks.
  7. York U no wanna go posted on 03/07/2014 10:18 AM
    NOT to be racist, but 95% of the violence, rapes and shootings at York University are committed by one racial group.
    My advice, lets monitor the campus and look for these types of people closer especially at night when it is harder to see these individuals.
    1. mike posted on 03/07/2014 11:48 AM
      @York U no wanna go no, not racist at all.
    2. Jack posted on 03/07/2014 02:16 PM
      @mike That's right, it's 100% a coincidence that nearly every attack, attempted murder, and sexual assault taking place at or around York are committed by men in the same general ethnic group. Because doing the logical thing and making decisions based on the available data would be RUDE.
  8. Kim posted on 03/07/2014 07:47 PM
    Whoever decided to put up a video of the poor girl screaming in pain is a moron.
  9. azulee posted on 03/07/2014 08:28 PM
    As an out of province parent, I only just found out about this - 21 hours later. I am appalled with the university's idea of what 'security', 'update' and 'serious' mean. The university has all my contact numbers, I would expect an email notification within an hour of any violent/gun related occurence putting students' lives in danger. In the past year, there have been FAR TOO MANY violent assaults at York, on the downtown campus and on its Keele residence. Where is the emergency crisis plan? You'd think they'd have gotten their game together by now. I'm presuming their principal concern is with crisis control and media relations instead of with establishing a security perimeter, protecting/informing students and reassuring parents and the world at large. Not a good track record. F.
  10. Kathrine posted on 03/07/2014 09:48 PM
    The Police and Media probably didn't consider this important.....They only like to harass the Mayor. That's the problem....they were probably out following Mayor Rob Ford around, and just didn't have time to look into this crime. Wake up.....This is truly disappointing that Toronto can treat something like this in such a half ass manner. All of you should be truly ashamed of yourselves. I ask has anyone read the description the police have put out. If you have, I think about half of Toronto could be picked up for the crime. It is truly that vague. YORK UNIVERSITY YOU ARE A DISGRACE!!!!! Parents have entrusted their precious children to you and you have let everyone down.
  11. DW posted on 03/08/2014 04:13 PM
    York University was conceived in a different time. Sadly it was built as a concrete wasteland unlike architectural marvels such Simon Fraser University on top of Burnaby Mountain.

    Then North York politicians on the take from developers decided the best place to dump public housing was next to this campus. When the privately owned apartments earned their owners a quick buck they were then allowed to deteriorate.

    Add to a braindead immigration policy that opened Canada to the best but also the worst and York University is stuck with a location that is problematic.

    Time to profile visitors who obviously do not look like they belong and move them on. This will only become worse when the gangbangers will ride the new subway to and from the York campus.

    Split one of the police divisions in two and move the division headquarters adjacent to York.
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