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Toronto reviewing issues with Raptors parade after a mess of complaints

After numerous complaints about safety and organization, Toronto is reviewing issues with yesterday's Raptors parade in order to do better in the future.

Amid the celebration and excitement, shots were fired at Nathan Phillips Square and many attendees ran to take cover.

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Over 100, 000 fans gathered at Nathan Phillips Square. Photo by Hector Vasquez. 

The party was temporarily suspended before resuming amid the chaos. Police then reported that four people were injured from the shooting.

Among other complaints was the fact that three downtown subway stations were closed due to overcrowding.

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Crowds anxiously awaited the parade which was delayed by three hours. Photo by blogTO.

Fans also complained about a lack of access to washroom facilities, water, food and garbage cans as well as insufficient police presence.

First responders said they dealt with dehydrated fans and missing children throughout the day as well.

Some are also complaining about the delayed start and the malfunctioning screens at Nathan Phillips Square.

Earlier today, Mayor John Tory tweeted that the city will be working with different departments to review these complaints in order to prepare for the future.

Tory also tweeted that the day was successful overall and the experience will be used to ensure the city's next major events are better and safer than ever. 

Lead photo by

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