2ND UPDATE: The man accused of fatally shooting two people — a 10-year-old girl and 18-year-old woman — and wounding 13 others in Toronto on Sunday night has been identified as Faisal Hussain, a 29-year-old Toronto resident. Hussain, who was found dead shortly after the shooting, struggled with severe mental illness, his family said on Monday.
UPDATED, 6:19 AM PT: A second victim has died from injuries sustained during last night’s attack, per Ontario’s Special Investigation Unit which has updated its online report on the incident. No further details were given. The agency also confirmed the shooter was a 29-year-old male.
PREVIOUS, 2 AM PT: One woman was killed and 13 others injured in a shooting in Toronto on Sunday evening, local law enforcement officers have confirmed.
The suspected shooter was also killed in the incident (though how he died is unclear), taking the total number of those shot to 15. The victims are being treated for their injuries, one of whom — a girl of eight or nine — is said to be in critical condition.
The attack took place on the busy Danforth Avenue on Sunday evening with people in cafes and restaurants reportedly among targets. Officers were called to the scene shortly after 10pm local time. A motive remains unclear.
Video clips used by Canadian media show what seems to be white man wearing a dark cap, dark clothing and a shoulder bag stop on a pavement and pull out a handgun before firing shots. Police are appealing for witnesses.
Toronto Mayor John Tory condemned the “despicable” attack while the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, tweeted a message of support to the victims:
The attack comes six weeks before the start of the Toronto International Film Festival, part of whose line-up is revealed tomorrow. Danforth Avenue is approximately six miles north-east of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the festival’s HQ. New Line’s It: Chapter Two is among movies currently filming in the city.
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