2 dead, 13 wounded in shooting attack in Toronto, shooter identified

Police work the scene of a shooting in Toronto on Sunday, July 22, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Associated Press

A man whose family said he suffered from psychosis and depression fired a handgun into restaurants and cafes in a lively Toronto neighborhood, killing a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman and wounding 13 others in an attack that has shaken the confidence of many in the normally safe city.

Authorities on Monday evening identified the suspect as Faisal Hussain, 29, of Toronto, who died in an exchange of gunfire with police. It was not immediately clear whether he killed himself or was killed by police.

The mass shooting in Toronto’s Greektown district Sunday night came just three months after a van struck and killed 10 people in an apparent attack directed at women.

A statement from the family of Hussain said their son had severe mental health challenges that the struggled with psychosis and depression. They said medications did not help him and the interventions of professionals were unsuccessful.

“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 Hussain family said.

“Our hearts are in pieces for the victims and for our city as we all come to grips with this terrible tragedy. We will mourn those who were lost for the rest of our lives.”

Police Chief Mark Saunders earlier said he would not speculate on a motive but did not rule out terrorism.

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9 Responses to 2 dead, 13 wounded in shooting attack in Toronto, shooter identified

  1. MaryfromMarin says:

    So where did he get the gun?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Lucille says:

    North America’s “immigrant” problem…coming soon to a city near any one of us.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. hocuspocus13 says:

    If medication did not work why then was he walking the streets? {alone}


    • stella says:

      Canada is probably like the U.S. It’s almost impossible to keep a mentally disturbed person incarcerated in a hospital. No rooms, for one thing, and they are protected by laws. That’s why 10% of our prison population is made up of the mentally ill.

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      • Re-Farmer says:

        Stella, you are right about that. There is always a shortage of beds. I have a friend who struggles with mental illness and has admitted herself into the hospital for it, and there have been times when she has had to wait weeks for a bed to open.

        Having said that, this did not look like the behaviour of someone having a psychotic episode.

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  4. auscitizenmom says:

    “A man whose family said he suffered from psychosis and depression fired a handgun into restaurants and cafes.” I wonder how many more of these young men who appear to be jihadying will have this said about them?

    Liked by 5 people

  5. czarowniczy says:

    Doesn’t matter who capped the guy, the sole narrative is now the Canadian government’s. Note that as quickly as they ID’s him they put out a ‘mentalillness’ defense. Heaven forbid their national policy of shoveling up the dross from the various floors in Terrorist Land should come into question.
    Interesting a nutbag Mideasterner could so easily come up with a firearm in Schumerland and the training to shoot it as well as he did. Hmmmmm…probably learned it from those evil NRA safety brochures.
    The Canadian government, as way too much of ours, believes in blaming things for peoples’ actions instead of the acting people. xSolet’s start making plans for a Canadian wall/moat/minefield early so that when Canada wakes up one fine and frosty morning omly to discover a sizeable portion of their citizenry is tossing clebratory dead goats off of roofs and ceremonially decapitating infidels they can’t run here to escape their bad government choices like our southern neighbors do.

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