Faisal Hussain, 29, a Toronto resident has been identified as the gunman in the deadly Danforth Avenue shooting rampage.
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) released Hussain’s identity on today evening, hours after the Khan opened fire on a number of Danforth Avenue restaurants in an attack that has left the city in shock.
Hussain died of a gunshot wound after exchanging fire with Toronto police. The SIU is looking into whether he was shot by police, or if he shot himself.
Witnesses captured several chilling images and videos of Hussain during the attack, which took place around 10 p.m. on Sunday and left a 10-year-old girl and 18-year-old Reese Fallon dead. More shooting victims remain in hospital, with some having undergone multiple life-saving surgeries.
Earlier Monday, police executed a search warrant at Hussain’s residence, in the city’s Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood.
Hussain’s family expressed that they are devastated by what happened and suggested that their son was struggling with severe mental health challenges, including psychosis and depression.
Family said in a statement, “We are at a terrible loss for words but we must speak out to express our deepest condolences to the families who are now suffering on account of our son’s horrific actions.”
“While we did our best to seek help for him throughout his life of struggle and pain, we could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end.”