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Rosie DiManno: Raptors parade organizers say they had 3 days to prepare. That’s absurd

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19.06.2019

A child toppling out of her stroller. Her brother screaming. Both kids trampled.

For a few terrifying minutes, Diane Weis, with a toddler in arms, lost sight of her two older kids amidst the scrambling panic.

“A stranger had picked up my 6-year-old and put her up against the wall. I picked up a kid myself, had no idea who it was.:

The family, abandoning the stroller, struggled to the main entrance of the Sheraton Hotel on Queen St. only to find the doors locked. They had checked out that morning.

“It was a stampede. My husband banged on the door but the security guard wouldn’t let us in,” Weis tells the Star, still deeply rattled by events that had unfolded Monday afternoon, on the periphery of the civic rally for the Toronto Raptors.

“My daughter was bleeding. We told the guard that we were guests and he finally opened the door a crack to let us in.”

At that point, Weis and her husband, Jesse, had little idea of what had happened, was still happening, though Jesse Weis had overheard someone hollering about a shooter as the pandemonium erupted.

It’s the contemporary version of shouting FIRE! in a crowded auditorium. But it’s guns, the crack of a firearm, that sends people scattering for their lives.

In the hotel lobby, Weis continues, pure havoc ensued with a........

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