No evidence Islamic State responsible for Toronto attack

People sign a makeshift memorial on Danforth Ave. where people are adding flowers and messages to honour and remember the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting

Hussain exchanged fire with police, fled and was later found dead, according to the SIU, which investigates deaths and injuries involving police. 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. His arm, calmly, meticulously raised a handgun and people as they strolled in Toronto's Greektown neighborhood.

Yet that appears to be the case with Faisal Hussain, the 29-year-old identified by Ontario's Special Investigations Unit as the gunman in the Toronto shootings Sunday night.

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. "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".

"Our hearts are in pieces for the victims and for our city as we all come to grips with this awful tragedy", the statement said.

"On Monday we didn't reopen to mourn the lives lost", Kilanis said.

Toronto police executed a search warrant at Hussain's apartment in the Thorncliffe Park area on Monday, but were releasing no potential motive for the shooting at this time.

Sairah Ahmed said that while Hussain did not mingle with fellow residents as his parents frequently did, he was a familiar sight around the neighbourhood.

Canada overhauled its gun-control laws after the country's worst mass shooting in 1989, when gunman Marc Lepine killed 14 women and himself at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique college. Gun ownership also requires training, a personal risk assessment, two references, spousal notification and criminal record checks.

Councillors approved a motion to urge the federal government to forbid the sale of handguns in the city and for the province to outlaw the sale of handgun ammunition in Toronto. It passed on a 41-4 vote.

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.

"I felt like an older brother, but I guess I wasn't", Sukhera said.

"When he comes around six o'clock, seven o'clock, I say, 'Faisal, who is cooking?"

Canadians have long taken comfort in the peacefulness of their communities and are nervous about anything that might indicate they are moving closer to their American counterparts.

A teacher and a former classmate of the man who shot 15 people on a busy Toronto street on Sunday say he made disturbing comments that once prompted a call to police. The city has seen 23 gun homicides so far this year, compared to 16 fatal shootings in the first half of 2017.

Toronto police said Wednesday, "We will continue to explore every investigative avenue including interviewing those who knew Mr. Hussain, reviewing his online activity, and looking into his experiences with mental health". "I don't know what happened to this guy".



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