Several Toronto schools in lockdown, hold and secure after reports of man in area with rifle

Three Toronto schools are in lockdown and two are in hold and secure after reports of a man with a rifle walking near Maberley Crescent and Oxhorn Road in Port Union.

Toronto police said calls came in shortly before 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Police said they have located the man, who was described as in his late teens or early 20s, and is wearing a white ball hat and a three-quarter length coat.

Officers are on scene and have “discharged” a firearm, according to police tweets.

The suspect is injured and paramedics are on scene, police say.

William G. Davis Junior Public School, Joseph Howe Senior Public School, Charlottetown Junior Public School, and Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute are on lockdown. Charlottetown Junior Public School was previously on lockdown, but has since moved into hold and secure along with Centennial Road Junior Public School, according to tweets from the Toronto District School Board.

A hold and secure is a school response to an incident in the general vicinity, but not on or near school property. The day continues as normal inside the school, the TDSB says, but as a precautionary measure, outer doors are locked and no one can come or go from the building.

More to come.

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