The shooting at Nathan Phillips Square had people scrambling for safety at the rally celebrating the Raptors’ NBA title and it dominated the international media’s coverage of the parade celebrating Toronto’s first major championship in more than 25 years.
A look at what the media said:
A parade celebrating the Toronto Raptors’ N.B.A. championship transformed the team’s hometown into a party venue on Monday before it was briefly swept into panic and confusion by a shooting that left four people wounded and two people taken into police custody.
The incident went initially unnoticed by the crowd squeezed into Nathan Phillips Square, the plaza in front of Toronto’s modernist City Hall, about the time Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and other dignitaries were congratulating the team on its title, the first for an NBA team based outside of the United States. . . .
The Toronto Raptors carried on with the celebration for their NBA title on Monday, despite a shooting that police say left four injured, an afternoon incident that caused crowds to scatter. . . .
Three people were in custody in connection with a shooting at the Raptors’ NBA championship parade Monday that left four people injured, Toronto police said in a statement. . . .
Gunfire broke out and a stampede ensued as fans celebrated at a rally Monday for the NBA champion Raptors, leaving four people shot and thousands fleeing less than a block from where the players and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat on stage. . . .
- The South China Morning Post ran the same Associated Press story about the shooting, but its website also had a separate story on the replica Raptors jersey that Jeremy Lin was wearing at the parade:
Jeremy Lin said he would “never stop representing Asians” after the Raptors’ NBA championship win – and he showed it quite literally at their parade in Toronto on Monday.
The California native, who is of Taiwanese descent, became the first Asian-American to win an NBA title last week. And he rocked a retro purple Tracy McGrady Raptors jersey with Chinese characters emblazoned on the front while celebrating with his teammates on their open-top bus. . . .
Patrick Ho is a rewrite editor working on the Star’s digital desk in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @patrick_ho_007