Toronto police are on the hunt for a gunman after a brazen outdoor shooting near the St. Lawrence Market Monday afternoon.

A young man, believed to be in his teens, was shot in the leg. He was taken to a local trauma centre.

Police say the shooting happened near Market Street and The Esplanade around 4 p.m.

Officers say there were lots of people in the area, enjoying the warm day, when the shooting happened.

Police remain on the scene and have spoken with several witnesses as they search for suspects.

The area has been blocked off while the investigation continues.