- REUTERS/Chris Helgren
- An 18-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl were killed in a shooting in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood on Sunday evening.
- The gunman also died. Police identified the person as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain of Toronto.
- 13 other people were wounded.
- Hussain’s parents said their son suffered from severe mental health issues, including psychosis and depression.
- The motive remains unclear, and terrorism has not been ruled out.
An 18-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl were killed, in a shooting in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood on Sunday evening that left 13 others injured. The gunman also died.
The Toronto Police Service, paramedics, and firefighters responded to the shooting near Danforth Avenue and Logan Avenue at about 10 p.m. local time. The shooting took place in Toronto’s east end, where several popular restaurants, cafés, and shops are located.
In a press release Monday, Police identified the 18-year-old victim as Reese Fallon from Toronto. The 10-year-old victim has not been named.
13 other victims, aged 17 to 59, are being treated for minor to serious injuries in the hospital.
Police identified the gunman as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain of Toronto. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said he had not ruled out terrorism as a motive. The gunman had exchanged gunfire with police and fled the scene. He was later found dead, authorities said.
- REUTERS/Chris Helgren
In a statement to CBC Toronto, Hussain’s parents said their son struggled with severe mental health issues, including psychosis and depression. They also offered condolences to the families affected by the shooting.
“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,” the family’s statement to CBC said.
“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.”
According to Reuters, a separate man with a knife was arrested during a military ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. No one was injured in that incident and no further details were immediately available.
Authorities reopened roads around the Greektown area on Monday evening.
Toronto is grappling with a sharp rise in gun violence this year. Deaths from gun violence in the city so far have risen 53%, to 26, compared with the same period last year, Reuters reported, citing police data released last week showing the number of shootings rising 13%.
Toronto deployed about 200 police officers from July 20 in response to the recent spate of shootings, which city officials have blamed on gang violence.
Reuters contributed to this report.