The city’s political and cultural elite is busy grappling with the fallout from the death of Liberal MP Andrew Scheer, who was killed last week in a Toronto police-involved shooting.
Scheer was shot while standing outside a downtown hotel and was pronounced dead shortly after.
Toronto Mayor John Tory has been trying to make sense of the circumstances that led to Scheer’s death.
Tory told reporters that his thoughts are with the family of Scheer and the broader community in the aftermath of his death.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with them and with the families of Andrew Scheers family,” he said.
Scheers father, Peter, said he was not sure what the city’s reaction would be.
“It would be very difficult to comprehend, to understand,” Peter Scheer said.
It’s terrible, horrible and we will all grieve for Andrew.” “
The fact is that this is a terrible tragedy.
It’s terrible, horrible and we will all grieve for Andrew.”
The shooting occurred in the downtown area just north of the downtown Toronto Convention Centre, where Scheer had been heading to speak.
A man who was with Scheer told CBC News that he saw the gunman on the sidewalk.
The man said that he ran to help the man, who then began firing into the crowd.
He said that Scheer tried to get help for the man but that the shooter continued shooting.
The Toronto police department said the gunman fled the scene and has not been identified.
A police officer has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.
A news conference is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Tory said that while the shooting has shocked the city, there has been no evidence of a conspiracy.
He also called on the community to continue to show support for Scheer.
The Liberal MP for Etobicoke Centre-Rosedale was born in Toronto.
He represented the riding from 1997 to 2008 and had been elected in 2011.
His death was announced late Thursday afternoon, a day after the city was rocked by the death in June of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.
Ontario’s Liberal government announced the provincial death investigation into Scheer is being led by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, the Ontario Provincial Police and Toronto police.
Schear was a Liberal member of the legislature from 2011 to 2016 and served as an MP for the riding of Etobicampo-Meadow from 2006 to 2008.
He was a former Ontario member of Parliament.
Schears family has been through a number of tough times since the death.
He lost his mother to cancer in 2015 and his father to heart disease in 2017.
He recently lost his sister to cancer.
His father, Paul, is also a Toronto politician.
His wife, Kate, is an actress and producer.
Scheuer’s wife, Michelle, is a lawyer.
“His work in politics, his public life, was never taken for granted,” Scheer wrote in a post on Facebook on July 22.
“He was a passionate and dedicated campaigner for our community, and for everyone in our country, and I am so deeply saddened by his loss.”
“As the father of Andrew and his friend, I am heartbroken for his family, friends and colleagues, and wish them comfort and peace.”
In a statement, Scheer thanked those who had reached out to him over the weekend.
“I am devastated by the news of Andrew’s passing,” he wrote.
The family said Scheer would continue to fight for equality, fairness and inclusion. “
From my family and I, Andrew and I have shared a love of life and I will forever miss him.”
The family said Scheer would continue to fight for equality, fairness and inclusion.
Schees death has prompted a number public apologies from the city and police, who have also taken to social media to offer their condolences.
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said on Twitter that he had been “in touch with his family” and was “deeply saddened” by the shooting.
Blair said that officers had spoken with the suspect’s father.
“We have spoken to the suspect and are continuing to work with them,” he tweeted.
The suspect has not yet been identified and police have not released his name.
Police said they are also looking into the possibility that there could have been an altercation between Scheer supporters and a man they allege was responsible for the shooting that killed Scheer last week.
Police say they are looking into whether there was a conflict with Scheers supporters in the crowd of about 1,000 at the hotel where the shooting occurred.
A number of people were in the hotel at the time of the shooting and officers believe the man involved in the shooting was carrying a weapon.
The hotel’s security guard has also been placed under administrative leave.
The incident has been referred to the Special Investigations Unit of the Toronto Police Service, which is investigating the death as a homicide.
“There is no evidence to suggest there was any conflict,” Blair said.
A witness to the shooting said that after the shooting Scheer