Gunman opens fire on a busy avenue in Toronto

Leroy Wright
July 27, 2018

Faisal Hussain's family expressed condolences in a statement Monday.

They are continuing to probe the life of the 29-year-old gunman for clues to what prompted the deadly rampage.

Authorities would not say whether Hussain was killed by police or by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The family said the suspect "had severe mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life", and that the "interventions of professionals were unsuccessful" in treating him. "Our hearts are in pieces for the victims and for our city as we all come to grips with this bad tragedy". Authorities have not disclosed a motive, but said the arrested driver, Alek Minassian, posted a message on social media referencing a misogynistic online community before the attack.

Contact information for his family couldn't immediately be found.

Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney, an American who has been with the MLS club since December 2013, said it was surprising to hear about the shooting.

Former Montreal mainstay Jay Baruchel also tweeted his sorrow from @BaruchelNDG, noting he moved to Toronto's east end a few years ago: "I truly love it here". Its website shows she had been on its honor roll.

The mood was also heavy at Toronto City Hall, where council has been grappling with a wave of gun violence that has seen more shootings this year than over the same span in 2017 - a trend that appears to be reflected across Canada. "We do not know why this has happened yet", he said. "They were all out tonight walking, having their dinner ... it's just unbelievable in this neighborhood", one witness said. Fallon was about to begin studying nursing at Hamilton's McMaster University in September.

Canada overhauled its gun-control laws after the country's worst mass shooting in 1989, when gunman Marc Lepine killed 14 women and himself at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique college.

The statement says that a "potential threat" was neutralized due to the quick reaction of soldiers, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Parliamentary Protective Services.

Toronto's police chief said Wednesday there was no evidence to support a claim from the Islamic State terror group that it was behind the attack. The two remaining victims were in stable condition.

Chief Saunders said that a woman was killed and a girl, aged eight or nine, was critically injured. The 29-year-old attacker died after an exchange of gunfire with police. He said police had sought a search warrant for an address related to the suspect but didn't say where.

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Saunders said 13 other victims have injuries ranging from minor to serious.

Saunders credited a quick police response for keeping the victim count lower than it could have been.

The hospital isn't releasing the patients' ages, genders or other details. Officials have not released the names of any of the 13 wounded.

Ontario province's special investigations unit confirmed three people are dead following the Danforth Street attack, including the gunman.

"I was up until about 5 o'clock in the morning, just devastated", says Papachristos.

"And then I saw the carnage as I ran down the street here to kind of follow the gunfire", the man told CTV.

A second person has died after a gunman shot 14 people in Toronto's Greektown area.

Witnesses said they heard 20 to 30 shots.

It said the extra staffing was meant to last for eight weeks, after which police would "reevaluate their needs".

A woman was killed and a young girl was critically wounded.

Saunders said police are investigating "every possible motive, including terrorism".

"Especially a city that's known for its peace and its good people and lack of gun violence", Osorio continued. But local television station CP24 is showing images of multiple ambulances and other first responders at the scene, with several people being treated by paramedics.

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