Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Gun used in Toronto shooting likely came from U.S.

Gun used in Toronto shooting likely came from U.S.

It's a frightening prospect: the Danforth shooting could have been much worse.

Thus the subject on the evening news became one of lack of funding of mental health and gun crime, painting the murderer himself as a victim with not even a hint of anger at the man who had declared war on a Toronto street of partygoers, killing two girls, 18 and 10. Hussain, 29, was found dead a short distance away after a shootout with police.

Police and emergency crews swarmed into the locality, known as Greektown, and a special investigation unit took charge of the case.

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

They are also trying to determine the source of the gun, how it came to be in Hussain's hands and also learn if he ever had any shooting training?

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a shooting in Toronto on Sunday that killed two people and wounded 13, the group's AMAQ news agency said on Wednesday.

"We do not know why this happened", Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters on Monday, adding that he would not speculate about the gunman's motive.

As is the case with most illegal handguns used on Toronto streets, police have traced the gun to the United States and US authorities are helping to narrow down its origin, CBC News reported Wednesday.

The teacher, who asked Global to remain anonymous, taught Hussain at Victoria Park Collegiate Institute in 2009 and 2010. Hussain was killed during the incident.

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Police have revealed that Hussain was obsessed with explosions and death, with a passion for replica handguns.

Despite those disturbing reports, neighbours in the Thorncliffe Park area described him to CityNews as polite, quiet and reserved.

"Believe me, I've never seen anything like that", he said. "His parents are attractive". My friend pulled me by my arm because he saw that the guy was aiming (at) Resse and me.

Federal officials said on Tuesday that there was no terror link to Sunday's attack in which the lone gunman opened fire along a bustling avenue in the city, seemingly shooting at random at pedestrians and into shops and restaurants.

Witnesses reported hearing the sound of a weapon being reloaded several times and said the shooting rampage lasted just a few minutes sparking panic in the district, popular for its bars and restaurants. "His son is in the hospital; he's in a coma". Hussain's father, who suffers from an illness like Parkinson's, has been in particular decline since their daughter died around five years ago in an accident on the Don Valley Parkway.

"Our son had severe mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life".

"Police were called once because they thought Faisal was carrying a gun", said someone who was there. "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".

Sinha said current research suggests people with a "major mental illness" are 2.5 times more likely to be victims of violence than other members of society.

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