TERROR IN TORONTO? Gunman Expressed 'SUPPORT' for ISIS Website Ahead of Attack

Pearl Mccarthy
July 29, 2018

According to Reuters, ISIS's AMAQ news agency reported a statement by the group on Wednesday that claimed the gunman "was a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the attack in response to calls to target the citizens of the coalition countries".

Toronto police say they have no information that he has traveled overseas recently.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Tuesday that Hussain was not on any federal watchlists associated with national security.

Hussain exchanged fire with police, fled and was later found dead, according to the SIU, which investigates deaths and injuries involving police.

Within hours CBC News obtained an unsigned letter purportedly from the killer's family, stating the mass shooter Faisal Hussain had a lifelong struggle with "severe mental health challenges", including "psychosis and depression".

Eighteen-year-old Reese Fallon had just graduated high school and was looking forward to studying nursing.

Toronto police said that, in all, a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman died and 13 people were injured in a crime scene that stretched almost 400 yards.

Kozis was involved in synchronised swimming, and her Markham Synchro Club issued a statement calling her "a attractive, aspiring athlete".

The city of Markham paid tribute to Julianna by lowering flags and opening a book of condolence. The girl's photo and a memory book sat on a table inside Markham city hall, surrounded by delicate pink rose petals. They expressed shock at a shooting in such a neighborhood.

Police sources tell the Toronto Sun that Faisal Hussain was carrying seven magazines of ammunition, each containing up to 15 bullets, when he stalked the Danforth on Sunday night firing at groups of people with a.40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun. Residents of the neighborhood said Hussain's family has suffered other tragedies in recent years, including the death of Hussain's sister from a vehicle crash.

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On Wednesday evening, the CN Tower was to be lit blue and white in support of the Greektown neighbourhood.

Officials did not identify the other fatality, a 10-year-old girl, or name any of the 13 wounded, who included six women and girls, and seven men.

When they stopped at a makeshift memorial near flowers and a pretty fountain, they sang "Hallelujah", by Canadian artist Leonard Cohen.

"He always was smiling", she said, adding they lived in the same building in Thorncliffe Park, a 21-story grey building that's home to immigrants and Canadians alike.

When the teacher pressed Hussain about why he wanted to do such a thing, he simply shrugged it off, explaining he "just felt it would be really cool to kill somebody". I wept. I needed that.

"It was a very rapid and fluid incident that unfolded very quickly", said Detective Sergeant Terry Browne.

"I never saw that he was violent or hyper", Khan said.

"This senseless act of violence has shaken us and hurt us", Scarpitti said.

A man who briefly came into contact with a woman who was shot dead during the Danforth rampage says he still sees her face when he closes his eyes, lamenting the fact he could not do more to save her.

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