Lawrie rattled by gunfire while shopping
Toronto Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie rounds the bases after hitting a home run to centre field in the fourth inning on Wednesday May 30, 2012. (QMI Agency/Jack Boland)
An early evening of shopping for sun glasses at the Eaton Centre turned into a mad dash for Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie on Saturday.
“We were walking by the food court near Sears, went up the stairs and all of sudden we hear gunfire,” said Lawrie after Sunday’s win over the Boston Red Sox.
“We heard the noise, it was panic, we were out of there as quick as possible,” said Lawrie, who had his high school pal Cory Sim in from Langley, B.C. for the weekend.
Ahmed Hassan, 24 of Toronto was shot dead, while six others were wounded, including a 13-year-old boy visiting from out of town, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
“We heard seven gun shots, I guess the guy fired a warning shot and then he started shooting as fast as he could pull the trigger, it was a sound I’ve never heard before,” said Lawrie. “People were running toward us, headed for the exits.”
Lawrie put the news on Twitter (@blawrie13) with pictures from across the street.
His first tweet was: “Pretty sure someone just let off a round bullets in [Eaton Centre] mall ... Wow, just sprinted out of the mall ... Through traffic ...”
A later tweet read: “Rattled right now.”