Faisal Hussain, 29, has been identified as the person responsible for the mass shooting in Toronto, Canada that left two people dead and another 12 people injured. One of the injured victims is reportedly a young girl. Hussain was later found dead, although it was not immediately clear whether he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or from police gunfire.
According to various reports, three people have been killed and 12 others were injured after Hussain opened fired with a handgun near the intersection of Danforth and Chester Avenues on Sunday, July 23.
The gunman was later found dead after a shootout with police. Hussain is one of the three deceased. The other two deceased is a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman. One of the victims was identified as 18-year-old Reese Fallon.
While speaking to reporters at a news conference following the shooting, Toronto Chief Mark Saunders said: “We do not know why this has happened yet…I’m certainly not going to invite any type of speculation.”
Authorities have still yet to specify a motive.
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Officers confronted the gunman, who was identified only as a 29-year-old man, on a nearby street and exchanged gunfire with him, the authorities said. The gunman ran from the police and was found dead on a street.
One of the two victims killed was a woman, Chief Mark Saunders of the Toronto Police Service said early Monday; no information was available about the other person. A girl, around 8 years old, was in critical condition, Chief Saunders said.
The authorities said they had not identified a motive in the shooting, which started on Danforth Avenue, and the chief said he would not rule out terrorism. The police were seeking information from witnesses and the public. The department’s Special Investigations Unit, which reviews shootings involving the police, was also investigating.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released the following statement on Twitter:
“My thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrible tragedy on the Danforth last night in Toronto, and may the injured make a full recovery. The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and brave – and we’ll be there to support you through this difficult time.”
The SIU will perform an autopsy on Hussain — who was from Toronto — tomorrow, Tuesday, July 24.
In the wake of the shooting, Toronto mayor John Tory asked the question: “Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?”