Y'all saw yesterday's post where a Lakeshore West train was surrounded by police, with weapons drawn, after reports of a man with a rifle was on-board a GO train just shortly after 10 am.
The incident scared the crap out of passengers and had me on high alert. I tried to get answers yesterday afternoon and was met with boilerplate responses from Metrolinx that the situation was under control. That's great. BUT WHAT HAPPENED?
Turns out the passenger was carrying a fake weapon as part of his costume (which I have confirmed he was *not* wearing) for Fan Expo, a comic convention currently happening in downtown Toronto at the Metro Convention Centre.
Police don't discourage people from alerting authorities if they are unsure if a weapon is real. Here's a good idea though, don't be so stupid to carry something, in this global climate, onto public transit that looks real enough to cause a SWAT team to show up.
More on this incident here.