A 29-year-old gunman whose motives are not yet known is said to have started firing a handgun at groups of people while walking along Danforth Avenue, which was bustling with restaurant and cafe patrons.
Few details have been released about Hussain's prior encounters with the authorities, except that both arrests reportedly occurred when he was under 18 years of age. The Toronto man died at the scene after an interaction with police officers. "It's way too early to rule out anything".
A police source also told Global News that Hussain believed he was the Joker character from the "Batman" movies. Their only daughter died following a vehicle accident years ago, and one of their sons has been in a coma for some time.
"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", his family said in a statement Monday.
Treatment, including counseling and medication, had not helped, the family said, but they had no indication that Hussain posed a danger to others.
"Right now we need to focus on respecting the family's wishes for privacy as they deal with a awful loss", Mayor Frank Scarpitti said Wednesday.
Video screenshot of the suspected gunman, later identified as Faisal Hussain, who opened fire in Toronto's Greektown.
The CBC is reporting that Hussain killed himself after the gun fight with police, which is being investigated by the province's Special Investigation's Unit.
Fallon was attending a birthday celebration with friends at a restaurant when the shooter struck, the Globe & Mail said in a report on Tuesday.
Police in Ontario reported that they are now trying to gather as much evidence and proof on Monday had searched the private apartment of the shooter.
Howard Lichtman, a spokesman for the Danforth Business Improvement Association, which co-organized the walk, said he hoped the event would give the community a chance to "reclaim" the neighbourhood after the attack.
The man was arrested and no one was injured, the Canadian defence ministry said. At this stage, we have no evidence to support these claims.
Gun violence is nearly unheard of in the area and in Toronto, and the realization that a neighbor had gotten a handgun was deeply unsettling to many of Hussain's neighbors.
Canada's crime rate rose by 1 per cent in 2017, the third consecutive annual increase, according to Statistics Canada. "Gun violence in any part of our city is awful and completely unacceptable".
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.
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