Toronto gunman had mental issues: Family

Faith Castro
July 27, 2018

It was terror on the Danforth no question.

Ten-year-old Julianna Kozis of Markham and 18-year-old Reese Fallon of Toronto were killed in the shooting, and 13 other people were injured. Family members of Faisal said that he had mental health issues for a long time after he faced a lot of distress in life with failures and problems, but they were anxious that their son had to face such a awful ending in his life.

Hussain had no prior criminal record and had not been on the radar of Canada's security agencies, he said.

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.

"At this stage, based on the state of the investigation, which is led by the Toronto police service, there is no connection between that individual and national security", Goodale said.

The gun used in the fatal shooting on the Danforth in Toronto Sunday was stolen in a break-and-enter in Saskatoon in 2015, a police source told CTV News Toronto.

Sinha said the association condemns Hussain's actions, but said discussing them exclusively in the context of his mental illness risks doing other patients a disservice. "No gun was found".

"The perception that mental illness carries with it a potential for violence has been proven wrong in many studies", association president Dr. Nachiketa Sinha said in a statement.

"We are utterly devastated by the incomprehensible news that our son was responsible for the senseless violence and loss of life that took place on the Danforth", the statement said.

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"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", the family said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent his condolences to the victims of the "terrible tragedy" on Sunday, wishing a speedy recovery to those injured. "We will mourn those who were lost for the rest of our lives".

Armed with a handgun, Hussain carried out his Sunday night rampage by firing at people randomly in restaurants and cafes in the city's popular Greek area.

Neighbours of Hussain's family had similar memories of Hussain, who lived with his mother, father and brother in a highrise in Toronto's Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood.

They say she is from Markham, Ontario, and her family is requesting privacy during their time of grief.

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. Hussain's sister was killed in a vehicle crash and his brother has been in the hospital.

Ashley Robinson, who lived on the floor above Hussain's apartment, saw him almost every day and had a similar experience.

Nearby police searched the apartment where Hussain lived with his parents and siblings, carrying out boxes of potential evidence. 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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