The University of Toronto is offering sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families of Sunday night's shooting on Danforth Avenue, which left two people dead and 13 people wounded.
"We are utterly devastated by the incomprehensible news that our son was responsible for the senseless violence and loss of life that took place on the Danforth". According to the family, he suffered from psychosis and received both medicine and therapy, but doctors were "unable to treat him". One of his friends, Aamir Sukhera, told the Global News that Hussain confided in him years ago and said he suffered from psychosis and depression, but displayed no risky behavior during their long acquaintance. A vigil for the victims was held in Toronto on Monday evening as Torontonians gathered to mark yet another violent episode in the recent history of Canada's largest city.
No sooner had they gone public than on social media and in the mainstream media those with political points to score or axes to grind were seizing upon Hussain's purported illness as proof either that the violence he unleashed was exclusively the product of that and nothing else or that it was somehow confirmation the authorities were conspiring to hide his ostensible extremist leanings.
Yet if the truth is out there, and it may not be, it probably lies as it often does in the murky middle. His family has said his mental-health conditions did not respond to treatment.
When questioned by Fox News, the Royal Candadian Mounted police declined to say whether Hussain was on any kind of watch list.
Video screenshot of the suspected gunman, later identified as Faisal Hussain, who opened fire in Toronto's Greektown.
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Hussain was not on any federal watchlists associated with the national security, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said.
A spokeswoman for federal public safety minister Ralph Goodale echoed Saunders' assertions, saying now "there is no national security nexus" to the man behind the attack.
Toronto police searched Hussain's apartment in the Thorncliffe Park neighborhood Monday afternoon, but have been mum about a possible motive for the shooting.
So far this year there have been 229 "shooting occurrences" in Toronto, according to statistics provided by police.
Where then does that leave those who wish to point to a cause or explanation for Hussain's actions, if only to confirm some belief or bias or fear of their own? The source said police were contacted, but did not attend and the group dissipated without incident. Does he probably know Muslim extremists?
If mental illness is part of it, that should be included. Yeah, probably. Does he have access to guns from the guys in his neighbourhood?
What there was, clearly, was an effort to show that even though this happened, everything is going back to normal.
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