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High-profile working group launched in wake of Danforth shooting

26 July 2018

Ensaf Haider, the Canadian wife of a Saudi-held political prisoner, tweeted: "Politically correct reporters keep saying murderer Faisal Hussain suffered 'mental illness.' Which Islamic terrorist was NOT mentally ill?" Or maybe their inanities will implode and collapse around their heads while everybody else notices that the official propagandists for ISIL "caliph" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi also claimed that last October's mass shooting in Las Vegas was one of their jobs - an absurdity the Federal Bureau of Investigation unequivocally dismissed. There is nothing that distinguishes the CBC's Shanifa Nasser, who may or may not be Muslim for all that it matters, except that she is a damn fine journalist, and she was not alone in reporting the Ontario Special Investigations Unit's decision, arising from what the SIU called "the exceptional circumstances of this tragic incident", to identify the shooter by name.

Sairah Ahmed said that while Hussain did not mingle with fellow residents as his parents frequently did, he was a familiar sight around the neighbourhood.

Hussain killed a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman when he began shooting Sunday on Danforth Avenue in the city's Greek community. Thirteen other people were injured, and five patients remained in hospital as of Wednesday afternoon.

Faisal Hussain, who police say carried out the shooting, was pronounced dead at the scene.

In the wake of the shooting, the city of Toronto is now seeking federal authority to outlaw the sale of handguns and their ammunition within the metropolitan area.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent his condolences to the victims of the "terrible tragedy" on Sunday, wishing a speedy recovery to those injured.

"My thoughts are with everyone affected by the awful tragedy on the Danforth last night in Toronto, and may the injured make a full recovery".

When asked about potential motives, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said investigators are considering all possibilities.

But as I also noted Monday, Hussain's family immediately put out a statement expressing sorrow for the victims and stating that their son had ongoing mental health problems.

"Police were called once because they thought Faisal was carrying a gun", said someone who was there.

They said that Hussain struggled with psychosis and depression and that they were devastated by his violent actions. Sources say Toronto Police, the OPP and the RCMP have all had an interest in the now-deceased shooter. Residents of the neighborhood said Hussain's family has suffered other tragedies in recent years, including the death of Hussain's sister from a vehicle crash.

People all over the world are expressing shock and sadness as news of the shooting spreads.

Goodale said that the government is prepared to consider tightening handgun laws.

High-profile working group launched in wake of Danforth shooting