NewsAlert: Police confirm nine injured in Toronto shooting; shooter dead

Arturo Kim
July 26, 2018

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders initially confirmed that one "female adult" was killed in the shooting, with the authorities updating the death toll to two on Twitter early Monday.

7 Numbers restaurant at Danforth Avenue and Bowden Street was packed with customers happily drinking and eating, with occasional mention of the gunman who was found dead after an exchange of gunfire with police just steps away.

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.

A gunman opened fire on the streets of Toronto, killing two people - a 10-year-old girl and 18-year-old girl - wounding 13 others and sparking an outpouring of grief for the Canadian city.

The authorities have not yet determined a motive for the attack that took place in Toronto's bustling Greektown neighbourhood yesterday.

"Julianna was a handsome, aspiring athlete who was in her third year in our sport", the club said in a statement.

"The interventions of professionals were unsuccessful", it said.

Hussain's family issued a statement saying their son had a long history of psychosis and depression and had not responded to numerous treatment approaches, including therapy and medication.

"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", the Hussain family said.

Cox, who owns shooting ranges in Calgary and the Toronto area as well as retail outlets in the United Kingdom, said council's call for a ban on handguns is futile.

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 made of plywood reading: "We are Danforth strong".

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Police chief Mark Saunders said the shooting was not random and terrorism had not been ruled out.

Saunders credited a quick police response for keeping the victim count lower than it could have been. The family said they were shocked at Hussain's "senseless violence" and expressed their condolences for the families of the victims. Terry Browne, the lead investigator from the homicide squad on the case, said the attack unfolded very quickly, beginning in one location before moving down the road. Mantzious also said: "But the guy ... had this look on his face, while I saw his profile, like he was screaming at something and shooting". He said he hid in an SUV and then ran to a park and called 911. "He turned around and shot her point blank, two or three times".

"I'm looking at every single possible motive for this", he said.

Police officials in Toronto announced last week that they would be assigning more officers to the city's streets during peak evening hours as part of a $15-million "gun violence reduction plan". "Gun violence in any part of our city is awful and completely unacceptable". Witnesses described to local media hearing about 20 shots and the sound of a weapon being reloaded several times. It was a lot.

Toronto councillor Paula Fletcher told CP24 she heard that the gunman was emotionally disturbed.

Andreas Papadopoulos, a bartender at the Greek restaurant Mezes on Danforth Avenue, said the staff initially thought there were fireworks.

'We started to hear people scream out front, ' Steinhauer told the broadcaster.

Toronto Police officers stand watch at Danforth the scene of a shooting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 23, 2018.

"It's nearly inconceivable that these things can happen", said Mayor John Tory. "And that leads to another question we need to discuss: Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?"

As politicians discussed the city's gun problem, residents of Toronto's Greektown continued Tuesday night to mourn the victims.

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