Muzik nightclub was feverishly busy, packed with club-goers dancing shoulder-to-shoulder at the official after-party for rapper Drake’s OVO Fest, when gunfire erupted inside the club early Tuesday, before spilling out to the streets.
As bullets rang out inside the Exhibition Place nightclub, a crush of frantic partiers scattered. Female club-goers tore off their high heels and fled from the club. Moments later, Toronto police officers on scene ran into live fire as the shooting moved outside Muzik, near Dufferin St.
As bullets flew, one bicycle cop was just ‘seconds behind’ as a woman was shot and collapsed to the ground, dying, police say.
By the time the gunfire ceased, a man and a woman were dead and another three people were injured in Toronto’s worst incidence of gun violence this year.
‘This was a brazen, large-scale ongoing firearm incident, where our officers and members of the public were directly in the line of fire’, said Toronto Police deputy chief Peter Sloly. ‘We were very lucky that this was not a larger body count, quite frankly’.
What provoked the gunfire and how many shooters were involved are questions at the heart of what police say is a ‘complex’ investigation. One eyewitness in the club during the shooting told the Star the burst of about 10 gunshots seemed to happen out of the blue, with no commotion beforehand.