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Shooting at Barbara Hall Park leaves one person injured and a dog dead, suspect fled

No suspects have been identified, and there has been no information immediately released regarding any arrests.



Authorities are currently probing an incident in which a dog was fatally shot at a park in downtown Toronto on Tuesday night.

The incident prompted a response from law enforcement, with officers dispatched to Barbara Hall Park near Church and Wellesley streets shortly after 11 p.m.

Toronto Police Constable Victor Kwong explained that initially, there were mixed reports regarding whether the victim was a person or an animal.

Approximately half an hour before the shooting, an altercation ensued between two males who, as per initial information, did not seem to be acquainted with each other,” stated Kwong.

Law enforcement reports indicate that one of the men departed the area but returned shortly thereafter, firing a shot at the other man’s dog before making a hasty exit.

Kwong mentioned that officers aided the man in transporting his deceased companion to an emergency veterinarian.

While the dog was confirmed to be three years old, Kwong couldn’t verify the breed. Presently, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

Police are actively pursuing leads, including the review of surveillance footage and interviews with potential witnesses.

This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.