NEWS
09/19/2011 03:11 EDT | Updated 11/19/2011 05:12 EST

SIU Called After Man Shot In Toronto

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit has been called after a man was shot near the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto.

Police confirmed a man was shot in the area of Victoria and Shuter streets around 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

A 24-year-old man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Witnesses at the scene said they saw a man run towards an officer with what appeared to be a knife or bladed weapon, the CBC's Zulekha Nathoo said from the scene.

Brian O'Brian, who lives in the area, said he heard two shots and then saw a man lying on the ground. O'Brian also said he saw a police officer with his gun drawn.

Peter Crouse said he saw an officer with his arms extended.

"Moments later the whole area was surrounded by police officers and a gentleman was carried into the emergency room by a number of officers," Crouse said.

Police have cordoned off Shuter Street between Yonge and Victoria streets and are interviewing witnesses.

The SIU investigates any time a police action leads to injury or death.