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Frightening video shows 2 blood-splattered men revving chainsaws at Cherry Beach

Last Updated Aug 10, 2020 at 11:20 pm EDT

One of Toronto’s more idyllic locations looked more like the set of a slasher film on Sunday when two blood-splattered men wielding chainsaws appeared to threaten a group of people at Cherry Beach.

A brief video making the rounds on social media shows one of the men asking “Who hit me?” as the duo rev their chainsaws and walk towards a group of backpedalling beachgoers.

WARNING: The video below contains swearing and images that may be disturbing to some viewers

Police confirmed that they were called to Unwin Avenue and Cherry Beach Street area on Sunday morning just before 10 a.m. for reports of a large fight.

“It is alleged that two men involved in the original altercation suffered injuries. They then left and returned with weapons,” police told CityNews in a statement.

A second video shows the two being arrested by police and being told they will get medical attention. Both are facing charges.

Police only confirmed that “weapons” were seized but did not specify the kind of weapons.

Police also have not released their names or what charges may have been laid at this point, citing the need to protect the ongoing investigation

WARNING: The video below contains swearing and images that may be disturbing to some viewers

At the time of the incident, there were many people working on the beach. An eyewitness tells CityNews there was some loud music going on at the time and then he heard a bunch of “chainsaw noises” followed by people shouting. The eyewitness, who did not wish to be identified, says that’s when two men with chainsaws appeared.

Mayor John Tory was asked about the recent gatherings at the beach, which have been described by some as groups of anti-maskers who protest weekly at Queen’s Park ending up at the beach for a party afterwards.

“We will redouble our efforts to monitor those,” said Tory. “We want to, on one hand, make sure that people are kept safe and that these kind of scary incidents don’t happen but on the other hand, that people are allowed to live their lives and to enjoy themselves without an oppressive, enforcement presence.”

“Clearly an incident like this would cause us to want to keep a careful eye on both these gatherings themselves because the gatherings, beyond certain numbers and at certain times, are regulated at this moment in time and also ones that scare or otherwise disturb people, we want to keep an eye on as well.”