Hours of anticipation gave way to unbridled euphoria as a sea of Raptors fans greeted the newly crowned National Basketball Association champions with cheers, whistles and chants on Monday, but elation quickly turned to fear when gunshots interrupted the celebration in downtown Toronto.
Jubilant Raptors fans decked out in the team's gear are jamming downtown Toronto this morning as they await the team's victory parade.
"We do have people arrested with firearms, and that's the start of the investigation", Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters.
The shooting happened during a speech by one of the owners of the team.
Under NBA rules, the Raptors can offer more money and a longer term than other teams.
"We just saw the girl drop to the floor and the guy running off", Mr Singh said.
The champion's parade on the occasion of the first in the history of the conquest club of Canada (Toronto raptors) the title of the strongest club of the National basketball Association (NBA) almost ended in tragedy.
But in the end, Leonard and the Raptors got the last laugh, celebrating in the streets of Toronto with thousands upon thousands of fans winning their first title in franchise history.
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Fifteen-year-old Cypher Sabanal said his mother let him skip class to attend the celebration.
"I hope those responsible will be held to account to the full extent that the law permits. They remained in place, and speeches resumed shortly after", the authorities made an emergency announcement asking for calm while they resolved the situation.
Toronto can sign Leonard to a five-year, US$190-million deal, about $50 million more than he could make on a four-year deal with another squad.
The team with the championship trophy rode through the streets of the city on double-Decker buses with an open top.
"It's been incredible, " Leonard said.
"A HA, HA, HA, HA", Leonard said, as the Toronto faithful cheered and shouted.
Fans withstood packed conditions to attend the parade.
John Moreira, meanwhile, had called in sick to work so he could be part of the crowd.