Family of Toronto shooter speaks out

THE gunman who brutally picked off pedestrians during a deadly rampage along a busy Toronto street has been identified as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain.

His family said he was struggling with psychosis and depression. They released a statement expressing condolences to the families of the victims and the horror they felt after hearing about what he had done.

"Our son had severe mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life," the statement said.

"Medications and therapy were unable to treat him. While we did our best to seek help for him throughout his life of struggle and pain, we could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end.

"Yesterday, the SIU commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 29-year-old man in Toronto," a spokesman for the body said this morning.

"Our hearts are in pieces for the victims and for our city as we all come to grips with this terrible tragedy. We will mourn those who were lost for the rest of our lives."

Hussain's neighbours told local media they were "shocked" by the rampage and described the 29-year-old as "humble" and "quiet."

Canada's Special Investigations Unit SIU released a statement this morning saying the name of the killer was released due exceptional public interest.

"Yesterday, the SIU commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 29-year-old man in Toronto," a spokesman for the body said this morning.

A 10-year-old girl and 18-year-old woman have been confirmed dead and 13 others are injured after the killer mowed people down with a handgun in the Canadian city's Greektown about 10pm on Sunday local time.

 

The 18-year-old victim has been named locally as Reese Fallon a recent high school graduate who volunteered for Canada's Liberal party and was due to attend McMaster University in the coming months.

Her family said in a statement they were devastated.

"She was … smart, passionate and full of energy. It is a huge loss," said Canadian Member of Parliament Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, who knew Ms Fallon.

The Toronto District School Board released a statement saying the teenager was "highly regarded" by everybody she knew.

"We are heartbroken to learn that a recent graduate of the TDSB was among those who tragically passed away as a result of last night's violence on Danforth," read the statement. "An engaging student, Reese Fallon graduated from Malvern CI just last month and was highly regarded by staff and loved by her friends."

Hussain died after an exchange of gunfire with police.

Police Chief Mark Saunders earlier said he would not speculate on a motive but did not rule out terrorism.

"It's almost inconceivable that these things can happen," said Mayor John Tory. "We were so used to living in a city where these things didn't happen and as we saw them going on in the world around us (we) thought they couldn't happen here." "This is an attack against innocent families and our entire city."

It was not immediately clear whether he killed himself or was killed by police.

The mass shooting in Toronto's Greektown district Sunday night came just three months after a van struck and killed 10 people in an apparent attack directed at women.



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