After a student was shot on school property on Tuesday, a Toronto high school has been locked down by the police.
The shooting occured during a fight involving several young men outside the school, but on school property, said police chief Bill Blair, adding that the teenage victim was shot in the abdomen and was in critical condition.
He also said police are looking for the suspect.
Although the shooting comes the same week that Toronto enacted a program putting police officers into certain city schools, there was no officer on duty inside Bendale Business and Technical Institute on Tuesday, police said.
The program was developed following the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old in a Toronto high school, in 2007.
Bendale school has been locked down by the police, who blocked off nearby roads in the area after finding the victim. As a precaution, at least three other schools were also locked down.
Even though the city prides itself as one of the safest cities in North America, in recent years, Toronto has seen a surge in gun violence.