Toronto police's Constable Victor Kwong said one victim was pronounced dead on the scene at the downtown shopping mall, reported CBC News. Two others are in critical condition and another is said to have life-threatening injuries.
Toronto's AM640 is now reporting via Twitter that two of those injured were trampled. The talk radio station has also said that it was a 25-year-old male who was shot dead and one of those in critical condition is a 20-year-old male. The other victim in critical condition is a 13-year-old boy.
According to MSN News, the shooting occurred at 6:30 p.m. local time in the basement level food court near the Queen Street East and Yonge Street entrance. The shooter is still at large and police know little about what happened.
Multiple police and EMS crews rushed to the scene and a command post has been set up at the intersection outside the entrance where the shooting took place, reported The Toronto Star.
One of the first to report the shooting via Twitter was Toronto Blue Jays player Brett Lawrie.
"Pretty sure someone just let off a round bullets in eaton center mall .. Wow just sprinted out of the mall ... Through traffic ...," he wrote.
Numerous other tweets claimed ten to twelve gunshots were fired, according to the Toronto Sun.
Marcus Neves-Polonio, a 19-year-old busser at the food court, said he witnessed someone being shot in the chest, reported The Globe and Mail. He said the scene became "mayhem" as people scattered and ran for the doors. He ducked under a table.
"I just hoped he wouldn't go in my direction," he told the Globe. "I easily could have been shot, too."
According to the Star, a pregnant woman close to the shooting site also went into labor.
This isn't the first shooting the Eaton Centre has scene. On December 26, 2005, 15-year-old Jane Creba was killed on Yonge Street just north of the mall. According to the Sun, six others were also injured in the Boxing Day shooting.