ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Toronto shooting

ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Toronto shooting

SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon said the shooter was involved in a brief exchange of gunfire with two Toronto police officers on Bowden Street, just south of Danforth Avenue.

But so should be his online activities, his work and his social life, not to mention his travel. "Sources say police in Toronto and CSIS officials in Ottawa, as well as the RCMP, are looking into his past, which sources say include his residence in Afghanistan and Pakistan".

"At this stage, we have no evidence to support these claims", said Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders at a press conference.

At present, the police were not clear about the reason for the shooting meanwhile everything is open with the reports gathered and it is too early to conclude to anything.

CBC News has learned from a source close to his family that Hussain was apprehended twice by police while he was under 18. The brother is in a coma in hospital as the result of an accident.

It was the second deadly act of mass violence this year in Canada's most populous city. In April, a driver deliberately ploughed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd, killing 10 people and injuring 15 along a roughly mile-long (1.6-km) stretch of sidewalk thronged with pedestrians.

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After the identity of the killer was announced, Hussain's family sent a news release to some media outlets which said, "Our son had severe mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life".

The older victim has been identified as Toronto resident Reese Fallon, who was to begin studies at McMaster University in the city of Hamilton this September.

"The family is devastated", Erskine-Smith said in a statement, adding that family members had asked for privacy while they mourn a young woman who was "smart, passionate and full of energy".

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Tuesday that Hussain was not on any federal watchlists associated with national security.

What law enforcement agencies are saying is that the attack was planned, and Hussain was "well known to Toronto Police" for investigations into past crimes "involving weapons and violence".

"We're starting the walk where the attack ended", said Howard Lichtman, a spokesman for the Danforth Business Improvement Association, which co-organized the walk.

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The man was arrested and no one was injured, the Canadian defence ministry said.

"The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and courageous - and we'll be there to support you through this hard time", Trudeau tweeted.

Among those in attendance at Wednesday evening's event were Toronto Mayor John Tory, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

A family spokesman confirmed to Global News that Hussain owned a replica BB gun, but denied he had any special obsession with the Batman movies or any particular character. Handguns and other restricted firearms require passing an additional course. "Gun violence in any part of our city is terrible and completely unacceptable".

As investigators dug through Hussain's life, the attack has prompted debate over whether Toronto - which has consistently ranked as one of the most secure major cities in North America - was becoming less safe.

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