The Special Investigations Unit has identified the Danforth shooting suspect as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain of Toronto.
A letter released by the man’s family to media described his actions as “horrific.”
“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,”
The family said in their statement. “Our son had severe mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life. The interventions of professionals were unsuccessful. Medications and therapy were unable to treat him. 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.”
We are learning more about the victims as well. The 10-year-old girl has been identified as Julianna Kozis, of Markham. The 18-year-old woman killed in the shooting has been identified as Reese Fallon. Fallon was getting set to begin her studies in the field of nursing at McMaster University this Fall.
Earlier Monday, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders announced the deceased victims were an 18 year-old female from Toronto and a 10 year-old girl from the GTA. Thirteen other victims, ranging in age from 17 to 59 years old, are being treated in hospital. Their injuries range from minor to serious.
“We are in the midst of getting a search warrant to search the residence of the shooter.”
Saunders said the person responsible for the shooting also died and the Special Investigations Unit is handling that aspect of the investigation.
Chief Saunders confirms 16 people were struck by a bullet and/or projectile and 13 people were sent to hospital. Lead investigator Detective Sergeant Terry Browne says a number of citizens provided assistance to the wounded and a number of victims have “life changing injuries.”
Browne cautions about reading into online speculation about who the suspect may have belonged to. He says they are in the midst of getting a search warrant to search the residence of the shooter.
“Be cautious about what you read online about the suspect”
The shooting took place at around 10 p.m. Sunday on Danforth Avenue.