'No evidence' Islamic State behind Toronto attack

Desiree Steele
July 27, 2018

Danforth Avenue was filled with hundreds of people Wednesday night to honour the victims of Sunday's mass shooting. "Sources say police in Toronto and CSIS officials in Ottawa, as well as the RCMP, are looking into his past, which sources say include his residence in Afghanistan and Pakistan".

The suspected gunman in Sunday's Toronto mass shooting had been taken into police custody twice due to concerns about his mental health, Canada's Global News reported Tuesday.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said authorities are investigating "every possible motive, including terrorism", for the attack.

"It is way too early to rule out anything".

CBC News has learned from a source close to his family that Hussain was apprehended twice by police while he was under 18. His parents made daily hospital visits to see his brother, who has been in a coma for almost a year and a half following an accident. But as I also noted Monday, Hussain's family immediately put out a statement expressing sorrow for the victims and stating that their son had ongoing mental health problems.

"Tonight, a despicable act has been perpetrated on the Danforth in our city". In April, a driver deliberately ploughed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd, killing 10 people and injuring 15 along a roughly mile-long (1.6-km) stretch of sidewalk thronged with pedestrians.

"Our son had severe mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life", the family said, adding that professional treatment was unsuccessful. They've also said that he strongly recognized with the Joker, one of the villains in Batman.

The other life claimed in the tragic incident was that of Reese Fallon, an 18-year-old who recently graduated from high school.

The Gunman is identified by the police as Faisal Hussain, a 29-year-old man. Monica Hudon of the Special Investigations Unit said an autopsy on Hussain's body was completed but noted that the results would not be released until their probe ended.

Investigators had said that Hussain visited Islamic State websites and may have supported the terrorist group.

Police are investigate a auto with a bullet hole within the scene of a shooting in east Toronto, on Monday, July 23, 2018.

The group will unite and walk along Danforth Avenue with lanterns and candles. The Defense Ministry said no one was injured and gave no further details.

Of those attending were Toronto Mayor John Tory, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti.

"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. Handguns and other restricted firearms require passing an additional course.

Toronto, despite a murder rate lower than that of large United States cities, is grappling with a sharp rise in gun violence as gun deaths jumped to 26, up 53 per cent so far this year from the same period in 2017.

"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.

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