Man in life-threatening condition after being shot in downtown Toronto restaurant

Lester Mason
September 17, 2017

The gunfire started inside Michael's on Simcoe just before 9 p.m. Paramedics could be seen outside the restaurant performing CPR on the victim.

A brazen shooting in a downtown restaurant has claimed the life of a 54-year-old Toronto man.

Giannini was rushed to a trauma centre without vital signs and was later pronounced dead.

She said everyone got down underneath their tables and then the maƮtre d' ordered everyone to stay down.

Police said shortly after the shooting that witnesses reported hearing a series of gunshots.

Frene DiMaso said she was seated on the upper level of the restaurant when she heard four shots.


On Saturday night, police said they were searching for a male suspect who was wearing a dark grey hooded top pulled tightly around his face. One witness, who told CP24 that he was in the dining room at the time of the shooting, said the victim was shot in the restaurant's lounge area.

The incident comes two years after another shooting in the same restaurant.

Two years ago two masked men entered the same restaurant, called Michael's, and shot a man and a woman.

She said the victim appeared to be man in his 50's. He added that his daughter was among the approximately 150 people inside the restaurant when the shooting took place on Saturday night.

Homicide detectives have taken over the case. "I'm sure it was very frightening for the customers who were at the restaurant and that is why we think many of them may have fled very quickly and perhaps those people haven't had a chance to speak to us".

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