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Police search for suspect after shooting at fitness class in Christie Pits Park


An instructor conducting a fitness class in Christie Pits Park is in serious condition after being shot in the abdominal area, while another person nearby was hit in the foot by a stray bullet Saturday morning, Toronto police said.

Police said they received a call about the shooting at the popular park near Bloor Street West and Christie Street shortly after 9 a.m.

A witness who didn’t want to give her name told CBC News the shooting happened during a Prison Pump boot camp being run by 25/7 Fitness. 

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One man was injured and another is in life-threatening condition following a shooting at an outdoor fitness class in Christie Pits park Saturday morning. (CBC)

She said she was working out beside the alleged shooter and saw him walk up to the instructor and shoot him four or five times.

In an interview with CBC News, Const. Craig Brister confirmed that “one of the victims was leading the fitness class” at the time of the shooting.

On its Facebook page, 25/7 Fitness says it offers free bootcamp classes every Saturday at 8 a.m. near the park’s baseball diamond.

Police describe the suspect as black with short cornrows hanging out of a black baseball cap. 

They say he’s between 25 and 30 years old, has a thin build and stands about 5’9.

Police say he was wearing a black hoodie with a white logo in the centre, black sweat pants with a light logo on left front hip area, light-coloured running shoes, and dark sunglasses with gold trim on the arms.

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A police officer speaks with several people who gathered near Christie Pits park Saturday morning where an instructor who was leading a fitness class was shot. (CBC)

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