Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Faisal Hussain identified as Toronto Danforth shooting gunman

Faisal Hussain identified as Toronto Danforth shooting gunman

Toronto police are still seeking a motive after a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman were killed, and 13 other people injured by a gunman on a busy restaurant-filled street.

The Special Investigations Unit will determine how the man died and whether there was any police wrongdoing.

On Monday, authorities identified the suspect as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain, who died in an exchange of gunfire with police.

The suspect, armed with a handgun, opened fire at 10pm on Sunday on a stretch of Danforth Avenue filled with restaurants and family-friendly attractions in an area of east Toronto known as the Greektown neighborhood, the SIU said.

Chief Mark Saunders spoke on behalf of Toronto's police force saying, "at this stage, we have no evidence to support these claims". "We are heartbroken to learn that a recent graduate of the TDSB [Toronto District School Board] was among those who tragically passed away as a result of last night's violence", John Malloy, director of education at the Toronto District School Board, said in a statement Monday.

In a statement they said Hussain had "severe mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life".

Stavy Karnouskou told the Toronto Star she was standing with a few friends outside a bar and "heard 'pop, pop, '" adding: "I turned because I thought it was fireworks ... and then the mother of a friend of mine goes, 'They're shooting at us - run inside!'" "Our hearts are in pieces for the victims and for our city as we all come to grips with this bad tragedy". Gun deaths have accounted for 29 of Toronto's 58 homicides this year - compared to 17 fatal shootings at this time last year.

"I promise all of the people of Toronto, but most importantly those directly affected by this tragedy, that we will all be relentless in getting answers about why this senseless attack happened", Tory said.

Police previously identified the other person killed in the shooting as 18-year-old Reese Fallon.

Anthony Parise, who taught Fallon's Grade 12 English class, remembered her as "a leader among her peers" who planned to become a nurse.

"Guns are too readily available to too many people," Tory said. "Julianna was a handsome, aspiring athlete who was in her third year in our sport", MacTavish said.

The shooting began around 10 p.m. on Sunday and only ended after two police officers exchanged gunfire with the shooter on a sidestreet near the site of the carnage, authorities said.

Council also agreed to implement more stringent measures to prevent someone who has suffered from mental illness or been involved in domestic violence from obtaining a gun. "I was out earlier today and it was very eerie and I just decided that this is about community more than anything".

In April, the driver of a van plowed into pedestrians on a Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 14.

Toronto has long prided itself as being one of the safest big cities in the world.

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