Man faces 16 charges after a man brandishing a handgun was chased by Polo Park shopping centre security, hijacked a motorist and then led police on a high-speed chase through a nearby residential area on Thursday.

At about 6:15 p.m., police responded to Empress Street and Jack Blick Avenue, where a gunman had run on foot from the mall to a parking lot. He forced a woman out of her car, stole the vehicle and then led police on a chase throughout neighbouring residential streets at speeds up to 100 km/h.

The chase ended in a multi-vehicle pile-up, including two cruisers, in the vicinity of Portage Avenue and Goulding Street. No one was injured.

At a press conference Friday, police warned too many people tried to take pictures and video of the foot chase at Polo Park. They probably didn’t realize the man was armed or that they were getting in the way, Carver said

“This isn’t TV. We need people to get out of the way, get to a safe location and let officers do what they need to do. These are potentially very dangerous situations and people need to take every precaution,” Carver warned.

Policing in 2016 often relies on videos taken at the scene and in setting like Polo Park with hundreds of shoppers, that’s a mixed blessing and sometimes risky.

“I can tell you as an officer who goes through these (clips) every day, I’m always concerned about individuals around situations like this who chose to remain because it looks exciting,” Carver said.

Randy Terrance Ryle faces charges including hijacking, robbery with firearm, resisting arrest and careless use of a firearm. He was detained in custody.