Published: Sun, July 29, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Family of Toronto shooter condemns his 'horrific actions'

Family of Toronto shooter condemns his 'horrific actions'

In a statement, the family said Hussain had battled "severe mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life".

When Aamir Sukhera learned that a young man he saw as a little brother was behind the deadly mass shooting on Toronto's bustling Danforth strip, he couldn't bring himself to believe the news.

"He'd walk around with a sketchbook and he would just write things in there".

Treatment, including counseling and medication, had not helped, the family said, but they had no indication that Hussain posed a danger to others.

The friend kept in touch with Hussain on Facebook after high school, but became concerned when he started to post pictures of guns. "Your mom is at the hospital.' He'd say, 'Oh [Malik], I'll make a sandwich".

When the teacher pressed Hussain about why he wanted to do such a thing, he simply shrugged it off, explaining he "just felt it would be really cool to kill somebody".

"He threatened to cut me and my partner's throat", he said.

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Measures being considered by the city include bolstering mentoring programs, the purchase of 40 new CCTV cameras and a contentious listening technology that claims to be able to detect and report the sound of gunshots to police. "At this time, there is no national security nexus to the shooter", the statement reads. One woman reported on Twitter that when she went to buy a coffee at a Starbucks in the neighborhood, someone had already put $100 on a gift card to be used by anyone coming in after him.

"There is nothing further at this point", Michael Tibollo said.

On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the public safety minister's office, said: "We have nothing to add to our previous statement".

Fiaz Khan also said Hussain was a regular sight around the building, but did not mingle with fellow residents to the same degree as his well-liked parents.

"I grew up in a very safe Toronto-people would say hello at the bus stop and smile, and I hope we would continue to be friendly to each other", Julie said.

Canadian authorities, meanwhile, have not said whether the shooter was killed by a self-inflicting wound or by the police after he was found dead in an alley following an exchange of gunfire with Toronto Police.

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".

Fahad Hussain was known to police for his involvement with street gangs, The Toronto Star newspaper reported. However, ISIS offered no proof to back up this claim.

Robert Spencer, who noted the discrepancy on his Jihad Watch site, has pointed out that ISIS influence typically takes the form of a call to Muslims worldwide to carry out specific types of terrorist attacks rather than direct contact. Council also agreed to implement more stringent measures to prevent someone who has suffered from mental illness or been involved in domestic violence from obtaining a gun.

"They say one of our soldiers but what does that even mean", former Ontario Provincial Police commissioner Chris Lewis told CP24 on Wednesday morning.

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