Toronto Shooting Scene

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Source To CBS News: Toronto Gunman May Have Expressed Support For ISIS

July 24, 2018 - 1:28 pm
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TORONTO (WCBS 880/CBS News/AP) -- A law enforcement source told CBS News Tuesday that investigators have indications that Toronto mass shooting suspect Faisal Hussain had visited ISIS websites and might have expressed support for the terrorist group.

The source told CBS News’ Pat Milton that investigators are looking into whether Hussain, 29, of Toronto might have lived at one time in Afghanistan and possibly Pakistan.

There is no indication that Hussain was directed by ISIS to carry out the attack, sources said.

"At this stage, based on the state of the investigation, which is led by the Toronto police service, there is no connection between that individual and national security," Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Tuesday.

Hussain had a history of psychological issues, and his family said in a statement that he struggled with severe mental health challenges his entire life.

Investigators on Tuesday had not yet determined motive of the shooting that left two victims dead and 13 others injured. Hussain himself was killed afterward during a shootout with police.

It was not immediately clear whether he took his own life or was killed by police during the attack Sunday night.

Among those killed, was 18-year-old Reese Fallon, a recent high school graduate who volunteered for Canada's Liberal Party and was to attend McMaster University in the fall. Her family said they were devastated.

Reese Fallon
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"She was ... smart, passionate and full of energy. It is a huge loss," said Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, a member of Parliament who knew Fallon.

Flags at Toronto City Hall as well as at Fallon's former high school, Malvern CI, were lowered to half-staff.

Officials did not identify the 10-year-old who was killed or name any of the 13 wounded, who included six women and girls, and seven men. The wounded ranged in age from 17 to 59.

According to videos and witness accounts, the assailant, clad all in black, was seen walking quickly down a sidewalk on Danforth Avenue, firing a handgun into shops and restaurants in Greektown, a district of expensive homes, eateries and cafes.

At the corner of Danforth and Logan, where some of the shots were fired, about 50 people milled about on a small square Monday evening, talking in several languages. They expressed shock at a shooting in such a neighborhood.

Some hugged, some wept, and many said they wondered how the attacker obtained a gun in a country with far stricter gun laws than in the neighboring U.S. People signed a makeshift memorial reading: "We are Danforth strong."

Toronto Shooting Mourning
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"I'm out of my mind just thinking about it. It's Toronto," said Augustino Speciale, who paused to smell a bouquet of white lilies attached to a lamppost.

Ontario's police watchdog agency said there was an exchange of shots between the attacker and two officers on a side street before the gunman was found dead.

Toronto has long prided itself as being one of the safest big cities in the world.

"We were so used to living in a city where these things didn't happen," the Toronto mayor said. "This is an attack against innocent families and our entire city."

(© 2018 WCBS 880. CBS News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.)