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Two killed in shooting at barbecue party tragedy

A RECKLESS exchange of gunfire at a crowded outdoor party in Toronto killed two young people last night.

At least 19 others, including a child, were injured after bullets from more than one gun were sprayed into the crowd of more than 200.

"It is the most serious crime of its kind that has ever taken place in the city of Toronto," said police chief Bill Blair.

Police said they had one "person of interest" in custody and were looking for other suspects.

The incident took place before 11pm at the outdoor barbecue event.

"An altercation broke out among some individuals and there was an exchange of gunfire," said Blair.

"It's a very shocking event, a lot of people were injured."

The victims were a teenage girl and a man in his 20s.

Blair did not provide the age of the child who was injured but says the injuries are "not life-threatening and the child will be fine."

Victims suffered gunshot wounds and injuries from the mass panic.