Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Two Girls Killed in Horrific Mass Shooting on Busy Toronto Street

Two Girls Killed in Horrific Mass Shooting on Busy Toronto Street

"Ontario's police watchdog identifies man responsible for Toronto's Danforth shooting as Faisal Hussain", the Canadian Press reported Monday afternoon.

Hussain has been named by investigators as the man who opened fire on Toronto's busy Danforth Avenue late Sunday night, shooting pedestrians as well as people in restaurants and cafes.

The suspected gunman and a young woman are dead after today's shooting in the Toronto neighbourhood known as Greektown.

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

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders refused to speculate on a motive but told reporters he could not rule out terrorism. The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and courageous - and we'll be there to support you through this hard time.

"An exchange of gunfire" then took place, before the man fled once more. She said she was "devastated" when she heard that Fallon had been fatally shot.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences to the victims and their families in a post on Twitter, adding: "The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and fearless - and we will be there to support you through this hard time".

A witness said she saw a little girl of around seven or eight years of age being put into an ambulance on a stretcher.

Residents of Toronto's Danforth Avenue gathered for a prayer service on Monday night to mourn the victims of a shooting the previous night that left two people dead and 13 wounded.

Toronto Mayor John Tory issued a call for help from citizens that were in the area, asking any bystanders to share information from the evening to help authorities determine what happened.

Files being reviewed by police include concern Hussain expressed "support" for a web site that was seen as "pro-ISIL", says a law enforcement source. Authorities haven't released his name or disclosed his possible motivation.

"Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?" he asked in an address to city councillors early on Monday.

"It's nearly inconceivable that these things can happen", said the city's mayor John Tory. But they have said the arrested driver, Alek Minassian, posted a message on social media referencing a misogynistic online community prior to the attack.

The murder rate jumped by 7 per cent, due largely to killings in British Columbia and Quebec, while crime involving guns grew by 7 per cent.

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