ISIS claims responsibility for Toronto attack, Canadian police say no evidence

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On Sunday night, police say, Hussain shot dead an 18-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl and injured 13 others using a handgun on the bustling Danforth Avenue before he fled an altercation with police and was later found dead.

A Toronto Police forensic identification services van parked in front of the Thorncliffe Park area apartment building where shooting suspect Faisal Hussain lived, July 23, 2018.

A source said that Hussain attended high school at Toronto's Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute and Victoria Park Collegiate Institute and was apprehended twice by police while he was under age 18, according to CBC.

The man behind a deadly shooting spree in the heart of Toronto's Greektown came from a supportive family beleaguered with troubles and showed no outward signs of the mental illness believed to have plagued him for years, neighbours said Tuesday.

Toronto shooter’s neighbors knew nothing of mental illness

There is no evidence Hussain had a criminal record and, according to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, he was not on a federal watch list.

Joe Warmington of The Toronto Sun reported that Hussain apparently had been spoken to by authorities about his online activities.

Local police executed a search warrant, finding 33 guns and other prohibited weapons accessories, such as overcapacity magazines, and seized almost 117 pounds of a substance identified as the deadly street drug carfentanil, the Star reported. Never, ever would I imagine that he was capable.

But then comes the drama.

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

"We really need to embrace the opportunity to make a change", said Julien.

The ISIS, through the group's AMAQ news agency, had claimed responsibility for the Toronto shooting, but did not provide any evidence to support the claim. Toronto needs to be vigilant and get over the denial that radicalization is thriving and unless we start asking some hard questions, this will only continue. So I didn't think there was anything wrong with him.

Are you doing enough to ensure that Canada remains safe for my children and grandchildren? Yeah. Is he mentally ill?

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The Canadian Psychiatric Association warned Thursday that making Hussain's mental state a focal point of discussions around the shooting misrepresents the majority of people grappling with similar circumstances and risks deepening the stigma they already face.

Have we gone after the recruiter in this case?

Even though Faisal Hussain, 29, was visited by law enforcement over concerns of visiting pro-ISIL websites, as well as dealt with under the Mental Health Act by Toronto police on several occasions for concerns of behaviour and violence, there was a lot more focus put on that being reported.

What is the Muslim community doing?

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"Our hearts are in pieces for the victims and for our city as we all come to grips with this bad tragedy", the statement said. My response to them is that we are living in a post 9/11 world where Islamist terrorism is a reality and not a myth to be pushed under the carpet. "We live in Canada".

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