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One person dead, two others wounded in downtown Toronto shooting

Last Updated Jul 1, 2018 at 4:40 pm PDT

Gunfire erupted in the heart of the city's entertainment district Saturday evening, sending people on the street running for cover and claiming the lives of two men. Jahvante Smart, 21, known in the entertainment industry as "Smoke Dawg", is seen in an undated police handout image. Smart and Ernest Modekwe were killed in the shooting. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Toronto Police Service, David Hopkinson, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

TORONTO – Police say one of three people injured in a shooting in downtown Toronto has died.

Gunfire erupted in the heart of the city’s entertainment district Saturday evening, sending people on the street running for cover.

Police tweeted that one of the wounded was taken to hospital without vital signs and was later pronounced dead.

They described the injuries suffered by the other two as “very serious.”

They added that two suspects were seen running from the area, and may have fled in a black SUV or white car.

Toronto has seen a surge in gun violence this year which Mayor John Tory and Police Chief Mark Saunders have blamed primarily on gang activity.