ISIS claims responsibility for deadly shooting spree in Toronto

Simon Moss
July 27, 2018

On Sunday 22 July, 2018, on a peaceful evening on busy Danforth Avenue in Toronto, girls aged 10 and 18 were shot and killed in an attack that terrorized this lovely Greek town neighborhood while 13 others were injured, some critically.

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

The city of Markham paid tribute to Julianna by lowering flags and opening a book of condolence.

"Our hearts are in pieces for the victims and for our city as we all come to grips with this bad tragedy", Hussain's parents said.

At 10 p.m. Sunday night in Toronto's Greektown area, wearing a ball cap and a dark, unbuttoned jacket, Hussain was seen on a surveillance camera, the National Post of Canada reported, walking "along the bustling sidewalk with goal and pace - but no sign of frenzy".

A gun was recovered after an 18-year-old woman and 10-year-old girl were fatally shot and 13 others injured. She had recently graduated from high school and was preparing to study nursing at Hamilton's McMaster University in the fall.

Thirteen others were injured in the shooting and the gunman, identified as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain, was found dead nearby.

Police in Toronto and CSIS officials in Ottawa, as well as the RCMP, acknowledge they were aware of Hussain's past, which sources say include visits to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"The police are doing their best, but they're operating under extraordinarily hard circumstances to deal with these guns", the mayor said.

"We're here to show that we're not scared and that we're going to pick ourselves up and the community up". "They'll get through it, and they'll be Danforth Strong".

There have been 23 gun homicides in Toronto in 2018. The manager, John Kilanis, said the restaurant reopened on Tuesday. "We will mourn those who were lost for the rest of our lives", a statement from the Hussain family, quoted by Global News, read. One of the bullets hit a waiter in the leg. "But he's in good spirits".

He said, "I think he wanted to impress those guys".

A fountain in the Alexander the Great Parkette has become one of the main places for people to leave flowers, candles and messages.

When they stopped at a makeshift memorial near flowers and a pretty fountain, they sang "Hallelujah", by Canadian artist Leonard Cohen.

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While his opinion of Greektown remains untarnished, Harris said he suspected his behaviour at some of his regular haunts in the neighbourhood may change as a result of the tragedy. "I've just thought about being more vigilant with keeping an eye on my surroundings. Maybe even sitting farther back in the restaurant".

"Anthony Parise, who taught Fallon's Grade 12 English class at Malvern Collegiate, remembered her as "a leader among her peers" and a fantastic caregiver". "Your mom is at the hospital.' He'd say, 'Oh [Malik], I'll make a sandwich".

"He smiled - like big smile, white teeth, whenever he saw me". It also reports that the statement from the Hussain family about Faisal's alleged mental illness was "provided by a professional activist associated with. the National Council of Canadian Muslims (the group formerly called CAIR Canada)".

Aamir Sukhera, who described himself as a friend, told reporters that while Hussain had confided his history of mental illness, he tried to hide his struggles from the world at large.

"They've been through a lot", Sukhera said. "I can't put two and two together".

"Can't believe the city I love is unraveling before my eyes because of the actions of a few sick people", Liberal city councillor Norm Kelly wrote on Twitter on Monday.

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

"It's really tragic, and very sad", Vidarsson said. There is not one side, or the other, but a collective Toronto who has every right to know who Hussain was, how did this happen and what was the motivation?

The neighbour said the Hussain parents are "really good human beings" saddled with a wave of trouble and grief. Her husband also seemed to have a long-term health condition, Pathan said.

Hussain died from a gunshot wound, but it's not yet clear if it was self-inflicted or the result of an exchange of gunfire with police.

Police and emergency crews swarmed into the locality, known as Greektown, and a special investigation unit took charge of the case.

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.

- with files from Daniela Germano, Gabriele Roy and Alanna Rizza.

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