Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Toronto shooting: Two dead, 13 injured

Toronto shooting: Two dead, 13 injured

On Sunday night, police say, Hussain shot dead an 18-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl and injured 13 others using a handgun on the bustling Danforth Avenue before he fled an altercation with police and was later found dead.

On Tuesday, police released the identity of the 10-year-old victim: Julianna Kozis of Markham. Her family said in a statement they were devastated.

The suspected gunman, just now identified as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain, is also dead, and much about the Sunday night shooting, including the motive, remains unknown. Police have not said if Hussain died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if officers killed him.

Toronto police on Monday sought a motive after two young women, ages 10 and 18, were killed and 13 other people were wounded by a gunman on a busy, restaurant-filled street. "They were all out tonight walking, having their dinner ... it's just unbelievable in this neighborhood", one witness said.

"Our hearts are in pieces for the victims and for our city as we all come to grips with this bad tragedy", they said. The woman was not immediately identified.

She said it's important that the community comes together because residents of Greektown need support and positivity.

So far, Hussein's family has released a statement saying that their son suffered from "severe mental health challenges" such as psychosis and depression. "The interventions of professionals were unsuccessful", the family said in a statement. "As we mourn, cherishing and caring for those in our lives may help with the pain", she said, overcome with emotion.

"Her plan was to become a mental health nurse", said Anthony Parise, Fallon's English teacher.

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Both Khan and fellow neighbour Sadaf Pathan said Hussain's sister had died in an accident some years before, while another brother was in hospital long-term with an unspecified condition.

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Messages left by people on construction boarding are seen at a makeshift memorial after a mass shooting on Danforth Avenue in Toronto, Canada, July 24, 2018.

"I know we always say, 'That can't happen here, ' when we see those gunmen in the States doing the same thing and it has happened here now, " Fletcher said.

The Toronto District School Board said it made a decision to open the school to mourners after seeing the outpouring of emotion following Fallon's death.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter on Monday: "The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and courageous - and we'll be there to support you through this hard time".

"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".

Saunders acknowledged to CP24 that there has been an increase in shootings and homicides but told the media outlet, "When we go back to 2016, the numbers are nearly on par".

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