After deadly shooting, Toronto wants to ban handgun sales in the city
After deadly shooting, Toronto wants to ban handgun sales in the city
Faisal Hussain AP
27 July, 2018, 21:45
It was terror on the Danforth no question.
Two people, 18-year-old Reese Fallon and 10-year-old Julianna Kozis, were killed in the rampage, which played out on a warm summer's night in crowded restaurants and sidewalk patios.
A man with a gun fires on the Danforth late Sunday, July 22, 2018.
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On Tuesday, the federal public safety minister's office said local police will continue to lead the investigation into Hussain's background.
"I would just like to stress that people should rely on the information that is going to be forthcoming over time, including today, from the Toronto Police Service about this", he told reporters.
No sooner had they gone public than on social media and in the mainstream media those with political points to score or axes to grind were seizing upon Hussain's purported illness as proof either that the violence he unleashed was exclusively the product of that and nothing else or that it was somehow confirmation the authorities were conspiring to hide his ostensible extremist leanings. Sources say Toronto Police, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the RCMP have all had an interest in the now-deceased alleged shooter.
What law enforcement agencies are saying is that the attack was planned, and Hussain was "well known to Toronto Police" for investigations into past crimes "involving weapons and violence".
On Monday, outside of the Thorncliffe Park apartment building, little kids ran on the grass, women gathered in groups to talk, and men stared at the building, trying to comprehend how, or why, a neighbor would do something so horrific. They said medications and therapy had been unable to treat him. "No gun was found".
If mental illness is the main claim here, then did Hussain's doctor ever warn the family about his potential for violence? "While we did our best to seek help for him throughout his life of struggle and pain, we could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end", they said.
Reacting to the "terrible tragedy" in the early hours of Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: "The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and courageous - and we'll be there to support you through this hard time". "We will mourn those who were lost for the rest of our lives", a statement from the Hussain family, quoted by Global News, read.
Toronto Police said they had responded to a call at around 10:00 pm (0200 GMT Monday) in the city's Greektown district, at the intersection of the Danforth and Logan avenues areas.
She said the gunman's mother had told her about the relatively recent death of her daughter and an unspecified illness affecting her other son.
This came out after those who knew him did not indicate such issues, and in fact spoke of what a nice guy he was, describing his big smile and how he wouldn't hurt a fly. CBC reported that Hussain's sister had died in an accident "several years ago", while his brother has been in a coma for more than a year following a separate accident. They were also interested in computers and hard drives.
Authorities are investigating Hussain's motive, but there had been no social media posts, no angry online revelations, no rambling videos.
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