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25 Jul 2018

Pakistani-origin man, suffering from psychosis, behind Toronto's deadly mass shooting

Pakistani-origin man behind Toronto mass shooting: Canadian Police

The gunman who killed two persons and injured 13 others in a deadly mass shooting in Canada's largest city Toronto on Sunday has been identified as Pakistani-origin man, Faisal Hussain, the police said.

Hussain, 29, was suffering from psychosis and was getting professional help, Canada's public broadcaster CBC News reported.

A resident of Toronto, Hussain worked in a grocery store.

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Pakistani-origin man behind Toronto mass shooting: Canadian Police
Hussain died after a brief exchange of gunfire with police

Death

Hussain died after a brief exchange of gunfire with police

Hussain died after a brief exchange of gunfire with the police on Danforth Avenue. It was not immediately clear whether he shot himself dead or was killed by the police.

The motive behind the shooting, rare in Toronto, was also not immediately known.

Hussain was not on any federal watchlists associated with the national security, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said.

Mental illness

Our son was in grips of untreatable mental-illness: Hussain's family

Hussain's family, originally from Pakistan, said that their son was in the grips of untreatable and severe mental illness for "his entire life".

Neither professionals nor medication nor therapy could help him, they said, adding they were devastated by his violent actions.

Eight years ago, Hussain had disclosed to his friend Aamir Sukhera that he was suffering from psychosis and was getting professional help.

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Toronto police executed a search warrant at Hussain's apartment in the Thorncliffe Park area.

The Federal Public Safety Minister's office said that the police will continue to lead the investigation into Hussain's background.

"There is no national security nexus at this time," Communications Officer Hilary Peirce said.

Meanwhile, there have been renewed calls for tougher restrictions on firearms after the shooting.

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