In light of Sunday night’s shooting in the Toronto Danforth area, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) canceled its press conference scheduled for Tuesday, July 24.
Headed by festival director Piers Handling and artistic director Cameron Bailey, the press con is supposed to announce the first batch of Hollywood titles that are headed for the festival gala that will run from September 6 – 16. Out of respect for those affected by the shooting incident, the organizers have decided to just announce it via press release on 10 AM Tuesday.
“The Toronto Danforth area is the gold standard of our city’s vibrancy, and we stand with our fellow Torontonians in condemnation of this violence,” the organizers said in its official statement.
The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the biggest film festivals around the world participated by international celebrities.
Toronto police identified the alleged shooter as Faisal Hussain. The 29-year-old gunman was confirmed to have died on the scene as police returned fire. The police are still investigating the shooter’s motive.
According to the police reports, two people were killed during the mass shooting, one of which is an 18-year-old woman while the other is a 10-year-old girl. Aside from the fatalities, 13 other people were left with minor to life-changing injuries.