No evidence Islamic State responsible for Toronto attack

Grant Boone
July 27, 2018

Canadian authorities said yesterday they have no evidence to substantiate a claim by the Islamic State group that the gunman who killed two people in a Toronto rampage was an IS fighter.

Toronto police identified the 10-year-old girl killed in Sunday's mass shooting as Julianna Kozis, stating that she is from Markham, Ontario.

"The Islamic State claims that one of its "soldiers" carried out the Danforth attack in response to its calls to target citizens of the US-led coalition battling the jihadist army". An autopsy on the suspect will be conducted on Tuesday, SIU spokeswoman Monica Hudon said.

"At this stage, we have no evidence to support these claims", he said. Police said the attack was not linked to terrorism. Sources say the Toronto Police, the OPP and the RCMP had an interest in the now-deceased shooter. Family members of Faisal said that he had mental health issues for a long time after he faced a lot of distress in life with failures and problems, but they were anxious that their son had to face such a terrible ending in his life.

"Medications and therapy were unable to treat him", they said.

"Our hearts are in pieces for the victims and for our city as we all come to grips with this awful tragedy".

"On Monday we didn't reopen to mourn the lives lost", Kilanis said.

Police believe that Hussain's older brother, Fahad Hussain, who has been in a coma since last summer following a drug overdose, may have been the source of the gun.

According to a post-shooting story by CBS News, Canada tightened its gun laws after a 1989 mass shooting at a college campus that left 14 dead. "Canada also requires training, a personal risk assessment, two references, spousal notification and criminal record checks".

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Tuesday night, Toronto council voted 41-4 to urge the federal government to ban the sale of handguns in the city.

Toronto Mayor John Tory told reporters the city has a gun problem, with weapons too readily available to too many people. It passed on a 41-4 vote.

There were many honest people, and sentiments expressed, at the scene of the carnage - including some Toronto coppers who were first responders on that wicked Sunday night ambush who came down in civilian clothes to pay respects.

A classmate, who does not wish to be named, says she remembers Hussain carrying around a notebook that he would sketch in during class. "I think it would be cool".

Ali Demircan says he was sitting on a bench on the northwest corner of Logan and Danforth avenues on Sunday night with three of his friends when he heard what he first thought were firecrackers, then quickly realized an active shooter was in his midst.

Fallon, who recently graduated from a nearby high school, was preparing to study nursing at McMaster University starting in the fall. Hussain was also shot, but it's unclear whether it was from his own gun or a bullet from police.

Some hugged, some wept, and many said they wondered how the attacker obtained a gun in a country with far stricter gun laws than in the neighboring U.S. People signed a makeshift memorial reading: "We are Danforth strong".

"I'm out of my mind just thinking about it".

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