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Crowds of Boxing Day shoppers fled for their lives -- some still wearing the clothing they were trying on -- after gunmen fought it out in the holiday air on a Yonge Street still aglitter with Christmas lighting just north of the Eaton Centre last night.
Before the gunsmoke could drift away, carnage littered the popular downtown shopping street.
Seven people were struck, one of them a 19-year-old woman killed almost instantly after a bullet shattered her face.
Toronto Police are wondering if a rap DVD might have been part of what caused Monday's shooting rampage.
The DVD, titled "Premiere Edition Pt. 2", features young men waving silver pistols and making chilling boasts about lethal reprisals and street supremacy.
A report in the Toronto Star quotes police as saying two segments on the disc may have sparked a gang war that played out for months on the city's streets this past year.
On Oct. 6, Andre Thompson, 20, pleaded guilty to the armed robbery of a North York convenience store and was sentenced to two 30-day jail terms to be served concurrently.
He was sent to Maplehurst Detention Centre in Milton on Nov. 4 and would have been released on Dec. 3.
Had the judge ordered that he serve the sentences for each conviction one after the other, Mr. Thompson would not have been released until a week after the Dec. 26 shooting, in which gunfire was sprayed across a busy crowd of Yonge Street shoppers.