'No evidence to support' ISIS was behind Toronto attack

Toronto shooter’s neighbors knew nothing of mental illness

Toronto shooter’s neighbors knew nothing of mental illness

Investigators are digging into the life of Faisal Hussain, amid reports that he was on Islamic state websites expressing support for the terrorist group.

"At this stage, based on the state of the investigation, which is led by the Toronto police service, there is no connection between that individual and national security", Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said.

The Thorncliffe area where Hussain lived is notorious for gang activity and a source told CBC News that Hussain might have gotten the gun through an older brother who allegedly has ties to a gang.

"It's overwhelming, but in a good way", said Tanya Wilson, a tattoo shop owner who took in two wounded people moments after Sunday's shooting.

"There are questions that remain unanswered-like which mosque Hussain attended, who scrubbed his social media presence and how it was that his name was withheld until the family issued their polished statement", Fateh concluded, referring to accusations that the Hussain family statement quoted above was prepared with the help of professional Muslim activists.

Hussain's brother was also connected to the seizure of more than 30 guns in Pickering previous year, according to the same source. Toronto police released a photo of the smiling, young girl and said her family had asked for privacy during their time of grief.

Last week's mass shooting comes just three months after a man used a van to plow over pedestrians in the northern part of the city, killing 10 and injuring 14. His family has said he suffered from lifelong "severe mental health challenges" including psychosis and depression and had not responded to numerous treatment approaches, including therapy and medication.

Reese Fallon, 18, who recently graduated from high school and was preparing to study nursing at Hamilton's McMaster University in the fall, was also killed in the attack.

A man reacts at a vigil in remembrance of the victims of a shooting the evening before in Toronto on Monday
A man reacts at a vigil in remembrance of the victims of a shooting the evening before in Toronto on Monday

Amarasingam said he was "very skeptical" about the latest IS claim.

Police officers enter a coffee shop damaged by gunfire while investigating a mass shooting on Danforth Avenue in Toronto on Monday.

The suspect had a gunshot wound, authorities said, but they would not elaborate on the circumstances or cause of his death.

Sairah Ahmed said that while Hussain did not mingle with fellow residents as his parents frequently did, he was a familiar sight around the neighbourhood.

15 people were shot on Danforth Avenue when a gunman opened fire along the busy street Sunday night. The Defense Ministry said no one was injured and gave no further details. Mayor John Tory has suggested that he would be in favour of stricter regulations, commenting that he does not see any reason for anybody to possess a gun in Toronto. When the news broke, they described it as shocking and called the incident a "terrible tragedy".

Canada's crime rate rose by 1 per cent in 2017, the third consecutive annual increase, according to Statistics Canada.

"While our city will always be resilient in the face of such attacks, it does not mean such a cowardly act committed against our residents is any less painful", Tory continued.

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