2018 Toronto shooting
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|2018 Toronto shooting|
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A mass shooting occurred in the Greektown district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on the night of July 22, 2018. Faisal Hussain shot and killed two civilians while injuring thirteen others. Hussain was found dead after fleeing from an exchange of gunfire with police and the circumstances of his death were under investigation by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU).
Background[edit | edit source]
During the months leading up to the incident, Toronto had seen a spike in gun violence attributed to gang activity. In the week prior to the shooting, the Toronto Police Services Board asked the city to double the number of closed-circuit police cameras and to install microphones capable of detecting gunfire that would immediately notify police. In addition, on the weekend of the shooting, Toronto Police deployed an additional 200 officers in various areas of the city in response to the spike in gang-related gun violence. However, police did not believe that this shooting was related to gang activity.
Incident[edit | edit source]
Around 10:00 pm EDT on July 22, 2018, a lone gunman walked along Toronto's busy Danforth Avenue in the Greektown area of the city, randomly shooting pedestrians before opening fire on crowded restaurants. The incident began around Danforth Avenue and Logan Avenue near Christina's restaurant. Witnesses described 10 to 15 blasts similar to firecrackers, while others reported hearing gunshots and a man holding a gun. Further along Danforth Avenue at Chester Avenue, witnesses said they saw a man shooting from a sidewalk into another restaurant named Demetre's. The shooter continued to walk westbound on Danforth Avenue towards Hampton Avenue, where witnesses said the shooter crossed the street from the north side to the south side of Danforth Avenue and fired into 7Numbers restaurant near Bowden Street where one victim was shot. Police responded to calls from witnesses and located the gunman on Bowden Street and exchanged gunfire with the suspect. The gunman ran back to Danforth Avenue where he was found dead.
EMS transported eight victims to trauma centers – including four people to St. Michael's Hospital, three to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and one person to The Hospital for Sick Children. Two victims died from their gunshot wounds. St. Michael's reported that they were treating five patients, three of them underwent "immediate lifesaving surgery" after the shooting and all five patients were in serious or critical, but stable, condition. At Michael Garron Hospital, officials said that two gunshot victims were treated at their facility and were in stable condition. Five other patients were treated for issues "in relation to the shooting", but did not suffer gunshot wounds.
At a nearby intersection, police officers closed off an area from bystanders and detonated a package. Police did not immediately release information about the contents of the package.
Suspect[edit | edit source]
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The SIU identified the suspect as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain.
Hussain's family said that he was struggling with severe mental health challenges, including psychosis and depression.
Victims[edit | edit source]
Investigation[edit | edit source]
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, police did not identify a motive, saying that they were investigating "every possible motive, including terrorism."
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) identified the suspect as a 29-year-old male, Faisal Hussain. On July 23, police executed a search warrant at Hussain's residence in the Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood of the city.
Since the suspect was found dead, the SIU sent six investigators and three forensic investigators to the scene. The SIU was looking into whether Hussain was shot by police or if he shot himself. On July 23, the SIU removed a police cruiser from the scene and said that the two officers inside the cruiser were being investigated for their role in the exchange of gunfire with the suspect. Hussain's firearm was also seized by the SIU in the course of its investigation. Officials said that the SIU's investigation was focused on what happened after police engaged the suspect and the investigation by Toronto Police was focused on what happened beforehand.
Aftermath[edit | edit source]
Police closed off Danforth Avenue between Broadview and Pape, and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) diverted buses and bypassed subways in the area until 5:45 p.m. on July 23. Police maintained a heightened presence on Danforth Avenue in the aftermath of the shooting.
In response to the shooting, residents and business owners in the area started a crowdsourcing campaign for funeral expenses of victims who died. Meanwhile, the Canadian Blood Services said that they were closely monitoring response efforts and were encouraging donations in the aftermath of the shooting.
On the day after the shooting, a man with a knife was arrested during the changing of the guard on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. It was not immediately clear whether the incident was related to the shooting in Toronto.
Reactions[edit | edit source]
Domestic leaders from all levels of government expressed their support and condolences in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale, and Ontario Premier Doug Ford. Ford described the attack as "the most brazen shooting" of a year full of gun violence. Toronto Mayor John Tory added that the shooting was an "unspeakable act" and an attack on the city. As the event took place in Toronto's Greektown, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece expressed solidarity and condolences. 
Following the shooting, several teams and athletes in the sports world showed their support on social media with the TorontoStrong hashtag, which was originally used in the aftermath of the Toronto van attack.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Faisal Hussain ID'd as gunman in deadly Danforth shooting attack".
- "One dead as 15 people shot in Toronto". BBC. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
- "Woman and girl dead, 13 other people injured in Danforth shooting in Toronto". CBC News. July 22, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
- "10-year-old girl, 18-year-old woman killed in Toronto mass shooting". The Globe and Mail. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
- Flanagan, Ryan (July 23, 2018). "'Confidence is shaken': How will Toronto respond to gun violence?". CTV News. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
- Lyons, Kate (July 23, 2018). "Toronto shooting: woman and gunman dead, 13 others injured in Danforth Avenue attack". The Guardian. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
- Swenson, Kyle (July 23, 2018). "Toronto mass shooting: 14 hit, 1 dead, as gunman opens fire Sunday night. Shooter killed". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
- Passifiume, Bryan (July 23, 2018). "Fifteen people injured, gunmen among dead in mass shooting on Danforth". Toronto Sun. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
- "Latest updates: Girl, 10, and woman, 18, dead in Toronto rampage". CTV News.
- "Mass shooting in Toronto: Three killed, 13 injured after gunman opens fire on Danforth". CTV News. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
- Jones, Sheena; Park, Madison (July 23, 2018). "Attacker in Toronto rampage identified". CNN. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
- Yousif, Nadine (July 23, 2018). "How you can help the Toronto shooting victims". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
- Justin Trudeau [@JustinTrudeau] (July 23, 2018). "My thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrible tragedy on the Danforth last night in Toronto, and may the injured make a full recovery. The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and brave - and we'll be there to support you through this difficult time" (Tweet). Retrieved July 24, 2018 – via Twitter.
- Ralph Goodale [@RalphGoodale] (July 23, 2018). "A tragic night on the #Danforth in Toronto. Thank you to the first responders - police, fire, paramedics- who rushed to scene to assist. Have been in touch with @JohnTory's office; @TorontoPolice leading ongoing investigation into this senseless brutality" (Tweet). Retrieved July 24, 2018 – via Twitter.
- Doug Ford [@fordnation] (July 23, 2018). "My heart goes out to the victims and loved ones of the horrific act of gun violence in Toronto. Thank you to all the first responders for acting quickly to help everyone affected" (Tweet). Retrieved July 24, 2018 – via Twitter.
- Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "Profoundly shocked by abhorrent #TorontoShooting at #Greektown". Twitter. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
- "Sports world shows support for Toronto in wake of tragic shooting". Sports Net. Retrieved Jul 24, 2018.
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