Toronto Archbishop Calls for Prayer After Mass Shooting

Glen Norman
July 24, 2018

Thoe 13 people wounded ranged in age from 17 to 59, police said.

In a statement later Monday afternoon, his family said Hussain suffered from psychosis and depression but that they "could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end".

Canadian police are still trying to establish a motive for the shooting spree.

Saunders said it was too soon to know what the motive was for the rampage in a district of cafes and restaurants. "A family has lost their child, their baby", she said. Tanya Wilson was closing her tattoo shop on the street when a mother and a son ran into her store with gunshot wounds to their legs "They said they were walking and a man told them to get the hell out his way and he just shot them", Wilson said.

"People should not reach any conclusions because the police themselves have not yet drawn any conclusions", the mayor said at a news briefing. Police have not said whether he was killed by responding officers or by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Sunday night violence left two dead and more than a dozen injured in the city's Greektown neighborhood.

One other person, described as a "young lady", died from her injuries and a 9-year-old girl is in the hospital in critical condition.

A woman who gave her name only as Mary told the Toronto Star she was in the Pantheon restaurant on Danforth Avenue when she saw a young girl being placed on a stretcher and taken into an ambulance.

Tory called the shooting an "unspeakable" act and said the time had come to confront the rising prevalence of guns in the city, which has experienced a spike in shootings in recent weeks.

Toronto has seen a dramatic uptick in gun violence this year.

He added that "there are too many people carrying around guns" and that "guns are too readily available to too many people".

In April, a driver deliberately plowed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd, killing 10 people and injuring 15 along a roughly 1.6-km stretch of sidewalk thronged with pedestrians. Choking back tears, Toronto Councillor Mary Fragedakis said to the city council Monday morning, "This is so heartbreaking".

"There's a lot of good people here", said Gord Cheong who lives blocks away.

Hours after the fatal shooting, in an apparently unrelated incident, a man with a knife was arrested during a military ceremony on Parliament Hill in Canada's capital, Ottawa.

Multiple shots were heard in a busy Toronto Neighbourhood Sunday night, and at least nine people are injured.

Deaths from gun violence in the city jumped by 53 percent to 26 so far in 2018 from the same period a year ago, police data last week showed, with the number of shootings rising by 13 percent.

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