No evidence Islamic State responsible for Toronto attack

No evidence Islamic State responsible for Toronto attack

No evidence Islamic State responsible for Toronto attack

Hussain had no prior criminal record and had not been on the radar of Canada's security agencies, he said. Police said the attack was not linked to terrorism.

The attack killed two people, a recent high school graduate Reese Fallon and 10-year-old girl who has not been named.

There was no immediate explanation for the knife attack and police were also seeking a motive for Hussain's overnight shooting spree in Toronto. His family has said he suffered from lifelong "severe mental health challenges" but they never imagined he would do such a thing.

Hussain's friends and co-workers told reporters he showed no signs of mental illness, describing him as upbeat, hard-working, and "bubbly". "When I heard this is what happened, I can't put two and two together".

"I feel bad right now because I wish I had the ability to identify what triggered this sort of behavior, but I don't", Sukhera said.

Hussain lived with his parents in an apartment and a police search of the premises turned up a firearm.

Faisal Hussain, 29, who died of a gunshot wound shortly after the shooting, was also not on any federal watchlists associated with national security, Goodale has said.

"I asked him, 'What do you want to do?"

Toronto has been rattled by a string of violent incidents this year.

"This walk is for those that were senselessly killed and injured". The following month, more than a dozen people were injured after a homemade bomb ripped through an Indian restaurant in May in nearby Mississauga.

No evidence Islamic State responsible for Toronto attack

Doug Ford hugs a man at the start of the march. "Gun violence in any part of our city is frightful and completely unacceptable".

It was not his first salvo of shots, nor the last, that night. The two young girls survived, partly thanks to neighbours who used napkins to stem the bleeding.

Gun control advocates already have their way in Canada, where citizens have been virtually disarmed. That's a 71 per cent increase in the number of fatal shootings compared to this time previous year. The number of shootings has risen 13%, according to police data.

March and others have long lobbied the city's mayor to do more, arguing that the violence in the city disproportionately affects certain neighbourhoods.

Eight years ago, Hussain had disclosed to his friend Aamir Sukhera that he was suffering from psychosis and was getting professional help, the report said. "Now all of a sudden it spills into what we call "previously- thought safe spaces" and now he's acting".

"I've said for some time that the city has a gun problem, in that guns are far too readily available to far too many people", Toronto's mayor, Tory, said on Monday.

Her family is asking for privacy while they grieve. "And that leads to another question we need to discuss: Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?"

Life in the area had largely come to a halt after Hussain fired indiscriminately at pedestrians and restaurant patrons on Sunday night and reminders of the weekend violence were still in evidence. See them all below.

Canada's Mental Health Act includes a provision that allows police to assess a person as to whether they pose an immediate danger to themselves or the public.

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