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06/14/2018 20:43 EDT | Updated 06/15/2018 08:52 EDT

Toronto Police Looking For 'Cowards' Who Shot 2 Girls In Playground

Both girls need surgery.

TORONTO — Police say they are searching for a shooter and a getaway driver after two young sisters were injured in a "brazen'' daylight shooting Thursday.

The girls, aged five and nine respectively, were rushed to hospital after a male approached a park where 11 children were playing and opened fire at a man nearby, police said.

The sisters were underwent surgery and are now in stable condition, they added.

"This is a horrendous crime,'' Det. Sgt. Jim Gotell said. "It's not often we see two young girls shot in a public playground ... We would like the suspects to contact police and turn themselves in, because we're coming for you.''

The shooter fled the area in a black, four-door 2007 to 2011 Nissan Versa sedan, police said.

Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders called the shooting "a cowardly act'' Thursday evening and urged the perpetrator's friends to contact investigators.

Saunders said some "cowards" came into the neighbourhood and opened fire on the playground, though it's not believed the girls were the intended targets.

"I can tell you that we are putting every resource on this to make sure we apprehend the person who would be motivated to do something like this in the city of Toronto,'' he said.

"We will be taking aggressive action toward resolving this particular investigation.''

Mayor John Tory said all of Toronto wants justice for the two girls.

"I cannot imagine the anguish the family and friends of the two girls shot while playing in a park are experiencing tonight,'' he said in a statement.