Saturday, May 11, 2013

Shooting at Yorkdale restaurant injures one

TORONTO - A man is in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following a midnight shooting through the window of the Joey restaurant at Yorkdale

Shopping Centre early Saturday morning.

It was the second shooting in six weeks at the mall near Dufferin St. and Hwy. 401.

The shooting happened just after midnight — several hours after the mall closed. The premium casual restaurant is open until 2 a.m.

“Like all Torontonians, we are concerned about gun violence and saddened when such incidents occur in our city,” said a media release from Yorkdale. “We are co-operating with police and want to thank Toronto Police Service and emergency services for their rapid response.”

Investigators are looking for a suspect or suspects who fled eastbound on Yorkdale Rd. toward Allen Rd. in a silver Honda CR-V, Toronto Police said Saturday.

Joey, which opened in November, will be closed until further notice.

The scene on the south side of the mall was cordoned off by yellow police tape and there were bullet holes in glass of the restaurant’s ground floor lounge.

The mall opened on time Saturday and shoppers mostly went about their business, with most saying they were unaware an incident had happened at all.

The entrance to the restaurant is on the exterior of the complex, so the vast majority of shoppers didn’t see the scene.

A few of the curious were shooed away by security, but otherwise, it was business as usual on a busy, pre-Mother’s Day Saturday.

On March 30, 23-year-old Michael Nguyen was shot and killed execution-style in the parking lot and another man was injured in what police said was a targeted, gang-related attack.

No arrests have been made in that shooting and it is not yet known whether this most-recent shooting is related.
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