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Man dies in Toronto mall parking-lot shooting

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TORONTO -- Toronto police say it's believed multiple firearms were used in a shooting in the parking lot of a Toronto mall where a man was killed and another wounded Saturday night.

Toronto police Det. Rob North said 23-year-old Michael Nguyen died after getting shot in the Yorkdale mall parking lot near a store entrance around 8 p.m.

North says Nguyen was known to police but added there is no indication the shooting was gang-related.

He said a 24-year-old man was shot near a restaurant entrance as the dispute moved across the lot.

North said the man is in critical but stable condition in Toronto hospital and is expected to survive.

He said the shooting began with an "altercation" between two groups, although investigators are not sure whether the dispute began inside or outside the mall. There were no shots fired in the mall and police have no information that any bystanders were injured, North said at a news conference hours after the shooting.

Police are looking for five or six suspects. North told reporters that no weapons have been recovered at the scene.

A vehicle of interest was towed away by police for further examination, he said.

"The priority for us is to gather as much evidence as possible," he told reporters, noting a "large quantity" of footage from mall surveillance cameras was being examined.

Police have been checking vehicles in the parking lot and held a number of cars at the scene overnight.

Those whose vehicles were parked in the mall's north and underground lots were allowed to remove them early Sunday morning.

Dozens of officers from neighbouring divisions have been reassigned to help examine the scene and collect evidence.

The mall's management expressed shock over the incident in a statement released Sunday.

"We take security at Yorkdale very seriously in order to keep our customers safe," the statement read.

"We have regular patrols in the parking lot, well-trained personnel inside and outside of the shopping centre, and security cameras monitoring most areas of the property."

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 1, 2013 A10

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