Toronto mass shooting suspect identified as Faisal Hussain
Faisal Hussain, 29, of Toronto has been identified as the shooter in an attack that left two victims dead and injured 13 others along Danforth Avenue last night.
In a highly unusual move, Ontario's Special Investigations Unit has released the name of the gunman who carried out Sunday night's deadly shooting spree in Toronto, less than 24 hours after the incident took place.
The gunman himself died as a result of the incident, along with 18-year-old Reese Fallon and a 10-year-old girl whose name has not yet been released.
Due to the exceptional circumstances of the tragic incident last night on Danforth Avenue and the public interest in knowing the identity of the man who was involved in the exchange of gunfire with police, the SIU has identified him. https://t.co/bJZfS0jQFv— SIU (@SIUOntario) July 23, 2018
Hussain's family sent out a statement by email to several Toronto news outlets on Monday evening expressing their devastation.
"We are at a terrible loss for words but we must speak out to express our deepest condolences to the families who are now suffering on account of our son's horrific actions," said the statement.
The family explained that Hussain had been struggling with severe mental health challenges, including depression and untreatable psychosis, for most of his life
"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," the family wrote.
"Our hearts are in pieces for the victims and for our city as we all come to grips with this terrible tragedy."
We should be talking about access to & competence of mental health services. We should be talking about access to guns. Instead, I keep seeing people write "I knew it" after learning the #Danforth shooting suspect's name is Faisal Hussain. This is a 💔 statement from his family: pic.twitter.com/GY1ArDD9Se— Fatima Syed (@fatimabsyed) July 23, 2018
The SIU — a provincial law enforcement oversight agency — said earlier today that the suspect "fired shots at groups of people several times" while walking in Toronto's Greektown neighbourhood around 10 p.m. last night before fleeing the scene.
Police located him on nearby Bowden Street, where an exchange of gunfire took place. The man fled again, but was found dead a short time later on Danforth.
It is not yet known if the suspect died by suicide or was killed by police.
"Yesterday, the SIU commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 29-year-old man in Toronto," reads a press release issued Monday evening.
"A short time ago, after speaking with a member of the deceased’s immediate family and a family representative, the SIU was able to confirm the man’s identity," it continues.
"Due to the exceptional circumstances of this tragic incident and the public interest in knowing the man’s identity, the SIU is identifying the man as Faisal Hussain of Toronto."
The Toronto Police Homicide Squad appeals to all witnesses or people with info on the Danforth shooting to contact them 416-808-7400. Anonymous Crime Stoppers tips 1-800-222-8477. Upload videos/photos https://t.co/RqADxe274V #GO1341286 https://t.co/5bv5bvfc7u— Homicide Squad (@TPSHomicide) July 23, 2018
Both Toronto homicide detectives and the SIU are investigating the incident further and have appealed to members of the public for help.
"If you heard or saw anything, don't assume that we already have that information," said Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders during a press conference Monday afternoon, urging citizens to contact police with any information they may have.
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