Four people have been injured in a shooting during the Toronto Raptors’ NBA Championship celebration on Monday.
According to Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders, four people suffered “non-life threatening” injuries in a shooting near the rally in Nathan Phillips Square.
He said three people were arrested in two separate incidents connected to the shooting.
Saunders insisted that the incident affected a small group of people during an otherwise jubilant celebration.
More than a million people attended the victory rally and “the vast majority didn’t even know this happened,” he said.
Saunders said he could not speak to reports that people were trampled, but he resisted the suggestion that a stampede broke out after shots were fired.
A “small burst of people” were scared, he said.
Canadian officials urged the public to not let it undermine a mostly peaceful commemoration of a historic win.
“I hope all those injured in today’s shooting have a speedy recovery and I’d like to thank the Toronto Police for acting so quickly,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter.
“We won’t let this act of violence take away from the spirit of today’s parade.”
Trudeau was present for the victory rally in downtown Toronto, where huge crowds had gathered to celebrate the Raptors’ victory over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals.
The shooting brought negative attention to a historic celebration. The Raptors’ victory marked not only its first NBA title but its first time reaching the NBA Finals in its 24-season history.