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Islamic State claims responsibility for Toronto shooting - AMAQ

26 July 2018

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) officials have found no evidence to support the Islamic State group's claim of responsibility for Sunday's (Monday NZT) mass shooting in Toronto that killed two and injured 13. It was not immediately clear whether he shot himself dead or was killed by the police.

It's unclear how the shooter in Sunday's tragedy obtained his gun.

His family, originally from Pakistan, said in a statement that their son was in the grips of untreatable and severe mental illness for "his entire life". "There are far too many people carrying around guns in our city and our region who should not have them", Tory said after the shooting.

Ashley Robinson saw Faisal Hussain nearly every day when she walked her dog on the winding sidewalk near her high-rise apartment building in Toronto.

Toronto's Faisal Hussain, 29, is the suspected gunman behind the rampage and died after a shootout with police.

Hussain's brother was also connected to the seizure of more than 30 guns in Pickering a year ago, according to the same source.

The gun has been traced to the United States and authorities there are attempting to pin down where the weapon specifically originated.

Global News spoke with the teacher directly, who confirmed they taught Hussain at Victoria Park Collegiate Institute in 2009 and 2010 and Hussain made the comments privately to him.

The Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), said Hussain was "one of the soldiers of the Islamic State".

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Shortly after Saunders' statement was issued, Toronto Mayor John Tory urged residents to have confidence in what police are saying. "I think there has been speculation about where the gun originated from, but we have to let the police do their work".

The same CBS News story said the city's mayor and city council members are now asking for an outright ban on handgun ownership in Toronto, a city of 2.8 million.

"Toronto Police remain the lead and it's still early in the investigation".

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

Albusaidi described him as a polite, quiet loner who rarely interacted with other people.

Prior to Sunday's attack, the Canadian government was already considering changes to the nation's gun laws, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said.

"We will continue to explore every investigative avenue including interviewing those who knew Mr. Hussain, reviewing his online activity, and looking into his experiences with mental health", he added...

"There's no rational reason for guns in cities; they're just too damn unsafe for urban areas", Vaughan said.

"I am of course angry, as we all are, that someone would carry out such an attack, which really amounts to an attack on our city itself", Tory said at a city council meeting on July 23.

Islamic State claims responsibility for Toronto shooting - AMAQ