ISIS claims responsibility for deadly shooting spree in Toronto

ISIS claims responsibility for deadly shooting spree in Toronto

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.

The gunman exchanged fire with police, fled and was later found dead, according to the SIU, which investigates deaths and injuries involving police. CBC reported that Hussain's sister had died in an accident "several years ago", while his brother has been in a coma for more than a year following a separate accident.

Hussain lived with his parents in the building, and neighbours said the family was Pakistani.

The gun used by Hussain has been traced to the United States and USA authorities are helping narrow down its origin, according to CBC Wednesday.

It's unclear how the shooter obtained his weapon.

A statement released Monday on behalf of the family says they are "utterly devastated" and that Hussain had "severe mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life". Medications and therapy were unable to treat him.

The classmate says she was friends with Hussain on Facebook and that he would post pictures of guns and make worrisome comments.

"He would talk about beating up his mom", the friend said.

"I never saw that he was violent or hyper", Khan said.

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Toronto city councillors voted Tuesday in favour of a number of initiatives aimed at curbing gun violence, including hiring 100 new police officers, installing new security cameras and gunshot-detecting microphones in the city, and increasing funding for youth and mental health initiatives.

On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the public safety minister's office, said: "We have nothing to add to our previous statement".

"Toronto Police remain the lead and it's still early in the investigation".

His family buried him Wednesday, the paper reported.

"There is nothing further at this point", Michael Tibollo said. "I think it would be cool". "He also liked replica handguns".

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.

Police identified the gunman as Faisal Hussain of Toronto. "We will continue to explore every investigative avenue including interviewing those who knew Mr. Hussain, reviewing his online activity, and looking into his experiences with mental health".

Tibollo also confirmed that, as of Wednesday afternoon, there is nothing that supports ISIS' claim. There is no indication that Hussain was directed by ISIS to carry out the attack.

The group's propaganda agency Aamaq said the attacker was "one of the soldiers of the Islamic State". It is really tough to understand.

"The Danforth is one of Toronto's most vibrant communities, attracting local residents and visitors to the restaurants and shops that have made this area so popular", said U of T President Meric Gertler.

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