'No evidence to support' ISIS claim of responsibility for Danforth shooting: Saunders

29 July, 2018, 11:26 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • Toronto shooter’s neighbors knew nothing of mental illness

A spokeswoman for federal public safety minister Ralph Goodale echoed Saunders' assertions, saying now "there is no national security nexus" to the man behind the attack.

Hussain apparently had been spoken to by authorities about his online activities.

The Toronto Police Homicide Squad is asking any witnesses, residents and business owners who have any video or photos from Danforth and Logan to as far west as Broadview from last night to contact investigators at 416-808-5504.

"It's overwhelming, but in a good way", said Tanya Wilson, a tattoo shop owner who took in two wounded people moments after Sunday's shooting. The brother is in a coma in hospital as the result of an accident.

It was the second deadly act of mass violence this year in Canada's most populous city.

The rampage in Canada's largest city came three months after a 25-year-old man in a rented truck mowed down pedestrians along iconic Yonge Street, killing 10 and injuring more than a dozen.

On Monday, Hussain's parents issued a statement saying Faisal suffered from "severe mental health challenges" and has dealt with psychosis and depression his entire life. Neither professionals, nor medication nor therapy could help him, they said.

Reese Fallon, 18, who recently graduated from high school and was preparing to study nursing at Hamilton's McMaster University in the fall, was also killed in the attack. The claim appears on one of the group's social media channels, and a security member of ISIS was quoted speaking to the group's Amaq news agency.

Later, Hussain died after a brief exchange of gunfire with the police on Danforth Avenue.

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He was granted $3,000 bail a few days later on a number of conditions including he not be in Saskatoon except for court, not possess a cellphone, and abstain from drugs and alcohol and that he live at the same Toronto apartment that police searched after the shooting.

"We're starting the walk where the attack ended", said Howard Lichtman, a spokesman for the Danforth Business Improvement Association, which co-organized the walk.

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", Saunders said.

Toronto Mayor John Tory called the shooting "evidence of a gun problem" in the city. "And that leads to another question we need to discuss: Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?"

Bill Blair, Canada's newly appointed minister of border security and organized crime, who has been given the job of tackling gun violence, met with Tory on Monday afternoon.

Local police executed a search warrant, finding 33 guns and other prohibited weapons accessories, such as overcapacity magazines, and seized almost 117 pounds of a substance identified as the deadly street drug carfentanil, the Star reported.

People all over the world are expressing shock and sadness as news of the shooting spreads.

"We were so used to living in a city where these things didn't happen", the Toronto mayor said.

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