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Toronto shooter and family are from Jhelum in Pakistan

Toronto shooter and family are from Jhelum in Pakistan

CBS News reported on Tuesday that, according to a law enforcement source, Hussain had visited ISIS websites and "may have expressed support for the terrorist group".

No sooner had they gone public than on social media and in the mainstream media those with political points to score or axes to grind were seizing upon Hussain's purported illness as proof either that the violence he unleashed was exclusively the product of that and nothing else or that it was somehow confirmation the authorities were conspiring to hide his ostensible extremist leanings.

Police identified the gunman as Faisal Hussain of Toronto.

Toronto Police chief Mark Saunders told the media that they were examining every "single possible motive for this".

"It's way too early to rule out anything", he said.

CBC News has learned from a source close to his family that Hussain was apprehended twice by police while he was under 18. Hussain's sister was killed in a vehicle crash and his brother has been in the hospital.

It was the second deadly act of mass violence this year in Canada's most populous city.

The psychiatric association says it condemns Hussain's actions, but believes discussing them in the context of his depression risks stigmatizing people with psychiatric disorders.

The older victim has been identified as Toronto resident Reese Fallon, who was to begin studies at McMaster University in the city of Hamilton this September.

"Right now we need to focus on respecting the family's wishes for privacy as they deal with a frightful loss", Mayor Frank Scarpitti said on Wednesday.

Hussain was found dead near the scene of the shooting after an exchange of gunfire with police.

Police and emergency crews swarmed into the locality, known as Greektown, and a special investigation unit took charge of the case. The report also did not say what happened after police apprehended Hussain.

"We're starting the walk where the attack ended", said Howard Lichtman, a spokesman for the Danforth Business Improvement Association, which co-organized the walk.

Just hours after the shooting rampage in Toronto, police arrested a man who tried to stab a member of the ceremonial guard outside parliament in Ottawa.

The man was quickly arrested and no one was injured in the incident, the Canadian defense ministry said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter on Monday: "The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and fearless - and we'll be there to support you through this hard time". The Danforth shooting marked the latest in a spike of gun-related deaths in the city and prompted Tory to question why anyone in the city needed to own a gun at all.

In the wake of the shooting, the city of Toronto is now seeking federal authority to outlaw the sale of handguns and their ammunition within the metropolitan area.

Bill Blair, Canada's newly appointed minister of border security and organised crime, who has been given the job of tackling gun violence, met with Tory on Monday afternoon. Handguns and other restricted firearms require passing an additional course. "Gun violence in any part of our city is awful and completely unacceptable".

Toronto Police are still trying to understand what caused the 29-year-old who worked in a Loblaws grocery store to go on the killing spree.

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