People in Toronto disheartened to learn of Yorkdale shooting through cringey TikToks
Just over two weeks after gunfire rang out midday at Toronto's Sherway Gardens, a local shopping centre has been the site of yet another shooting, this time on a bustling weekend.
Yorkdale has been, by many accounts, the city's busiest mall since non-essential retail reopened earlier this summer, and was just as packed as ever on Sunday afternoon when shots were fired shortly before 4 p.m.
we are hiding in our respective shops rn! everyone’s scared, securite doesn’t keep us updated— Maxim Volovik (@maximka_volovik) August 29, 2021
Police quickly responded, conducted a sweep of the property and were eventually able to chase down and arrest a suspect — but not before the building erupted into chaos and was completely locked down.
After a frenzied scene of people stampeding out of the mall, shoppers left sequestered inside stores for hours took to social media to dispatch updates on the situation.
But, residents have been somewhat nauseated by the general tone of the response from those on site.
As some recounted being terrified for their lives, others were busy filming TikTok dances while killing time.
tw / shooting— 🪐 (@wickedmeIody) August 30, 2021
jdjfjkskf bye shootings at yorkdale happen so often that no one even gives a shit anymore lmao pic.twitter.com/BNyfDNgWjk
Still other videos shared to socials showed bystanders completely lacking any semblance of earnestness about the violent situation at hand, with some even showing excitement at the hubbub, laughing or finding ways to turn it into a joke.
The Yorkdale tiktoks that turned the shooting into a joke are not funny….. pic.twitter.com/Rt96TLE7qy— Noor (@Noorie___) August 30, 2021
People are generally feeling somewhat unsettled about having to find out about the incident via footage shared by young people to the platform...
why am I learning about Yorkdale shooting through tiktok rn??— bella #TIGRAYGENOCIDE (@deeiall) August 30, 2021
... and are also very dismayed by some of the reactions — though everyone, of course, deals with traumatic circumstances differently.
I was hiding in the Louis Vuitton store during the shooting at Yorkdale and in the middle of the lockdown some girl was like “do we still get to buy the stuff we were waiting in line for?” 😩— Sachi (@SachiPatel11) August 30, 2021
The dancing in particular definitely has people fired up and wondering about the state of today's youth, as well as of violence in the city and how it appears to have become commonplace enough to elicit apathy and little else.
BITCH TELL ME WHY THERE WAS AFUCKING SHOOTING AT YORKDALE AND THESE BITCHES MADE A TIKTOK DANCING AROUND DURING THE SHOOTING SLDHDKDHSKSJ— Keshav Kant (@MxKantEven) August 30, 2021
The youth aren’t okay we’re not okay 😭
Thankfully, authorities did not report any injuries or deaths, and were able to escort everyone out safely over the course of a few hours.
Still, those who were present (and taking the situation seriously) are still quite shaken up, especially those who have to continue to work at the popular attraction.
you're absolutely right. i work there, was there for the previous shooting in 2019, & the sight of everyone running & yelling at once still horrifies me to tears. ❤ i'm glad you're safe— daryl's super soft birthday party (@deerthing) August 30, 2021
One male suspect remains under arrest, while another is still being sought as police continue their investigation.
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