The Latest: Toronto Suspect’s Kin Say He Was Mentally Ill

Posted at 6:43 PM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 18:43:56-04

TORONTO (AP) — The latest on the mass shooting in Toronto (all times local):6:10 p.m.The family of the suspect in the deadly Toronto mass shooting says he suffered from severe mental health problems, but relatives “could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end.”Faisal Hussain’s family expressed condolences in a statement Monday. It said the family was “utterly devastated by the incomprehensible news” that the 29-year-old was responsible for the rampage.The attacker fired into restaurants and cafes in a lively neighborhood late Sunday, killing a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman and wounding 13 other people. He died in an exchange of gunfire with police.Hussain’s family says he struggled with psychosis and depression throughout his life, and medications and therapy didn’t work to treat him.The relatives say their “hearts are in pieces for the victims.”___5:50 p.m.Police have identified the suspect in a deadly mass shooting in Toronto as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain.The Ontario police Special Investigations Unit released his name Monday evening. He died after an exchange of gunfire with police Sunday night.The attacker fired a handgun into restaurants and cafes in a lively Toronto neighborhood late Sunday, killing a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman and wounding 13 other people.Police haven’t disclosed his motive. Police chief Mark Saunders said earlier Monday that investigators didn’t know it yet.Contact information for his family couldn’t immediately be found.The rampage came just three months after a van struck and killed 10 people in Toronto in an apparent attack directed toward women.___5:30 p.m.Flags will be lowered to half-staff at a Toronto high school and administrative buildings in memory of a graduate who was killed in a shooting rampage weeks after commencement.Toronto District School Board Education Director John Malloy says 18-year-old Reese Fallon was “an engaging student” who “was highly regarded by staff and loved by her friends.”She graduated in late June from Malvern Collegiate Institute. Its website shows she had been on its honor roll.McMaster University said she planned to start studying there in the fall.Fallon and a 10-year-old girl were killed Sunday when a man fired a handgun into restaurants and cafes in the lively Greektown neighborhood. Thirteen other people were wounded.The 29-year-old gunman died after an exchange of gunfire with police.4:20 p.m.The Toronto International Film Festival is canceling an event to announce its planned film slate due to the deadly mass shooting in the city.Festival organizers said Monday that out of respect for those affected by the attack, the film slate will be announced in a press release instead.Two people were killed and 13 wounded when a man clad in black fired a handgun into restaurants and cafes in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood Sunday night. He died after an exchange of gunfire with police.The Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 6-16. The festival is a launching pad for Hollywood’s awards season and the first showcase for many Academy Award hopefuls.___3:30 p.m.A Canadian member of Parliament who knew the 18-year-old killed in the Toronto mass shooting is identifying her as Reese Fallon.Nathaniel Erskine-Smith told CP24 television he has so many wonderful things to say about the young woman he knew, but says the family is grieving and has asked for privacy. He says they are devastated.An online Facebook profile for Fallon shows her as a student of McMaster University.___3:15 p.m.Canadian officials say a man with a knife has been arrested during the changing of the guard on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. It’s unclear if the incident is related to the mass shooting in Toronto.The Canadian military said in a statement that the incident took place Monday morning on the lawns of Parliament Hill.The statement says that a “potential threat” was neutralized due to the quick reaction of soldiers, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Parliamentary Protective Services. No one was injured.Ottawa Police are investigating and the military gave no further details.___1 p.m.Toronto police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray says victims of Sunday’s mass shooting include eight women and girls, and seven men. Two victims and the gunman died.Police chief Mark Saunders says a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman were killed in the rampage in the city’s Greektown neighborhood. The 29-year-old attacker died after an exchange of gunfire with police.He walked along a street firing a handgun into restaurants and cafes. Saunders declined to release his name and said authorities don’t yet know his motive.Saunders said 13 other victims have injuries ranging from minor to serious. They range in age from 10 to 59.___12:30 p.m.Toronto’s police chief says a 10 year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman were killed in the mass shooting in the city’s Greektown neighborhood.Police chief Mark Saunders said 13 other victims have injuries ranging from minor to serious. They range in age from 10 to 59.The 29-year-old gunman died after an exchange of gunfire with police. Saunders declined to release his name and said authorities “do not know why this has happened yet.”___NoonA hospital says five of the 14 people shot by a gunman who went on a deadly rampage on a Toronto street are in serious or critical, but stable, condition.St. Michael’s Hospital trauma surgeon Dr. Najma Ahmed says three of those people underwent immediate operations to save their lives.The hospital isn’t releasing the patients’ ages, genders or other details.Two people were killed in Sunday’s shootings. Other injured victims were taken to other hospitals, and their condition isn’t immediately available.The 29-year-old gunman was killed after an exchange of gunfire with police. Authorities haven’t released his name or disclosed his possible motivation.___7:00 a.m.Ontario’s police watchdog says a second person is dead after gunman shot 14 people in Toronto’s Greektown neighborhood.A spokeswoman for the province’s Special Investigations Unit, Monica Hudon, says three people are dead including the gunman in the Danforth Street attack. No further details were given on the second victim. Police confirmed one victim died Sunday night and a young girl was in critical condition.The unit says police located the 29-year-old suspect about three blocks away from the scene and exchanged fire.  It said the man fled, then was found dead back on Danforth.It was not immediately clear whether the man killed himself or died of injuries after being shot by police.The Special Investigations Unit will determine how the man died and whether there was any police wrongdoing. The unit is automatically called in to investigate all deaths and serious injuries where police are involved.___12:30 a.m.Toronto police are seeking video and photos from people and businesses in the area where a gunman killed a woman and shot 13 other people in the Greektown neighborhood.A video from one witness shows a man dressed in black firing three shots from the sidewalk into at least one shop or restaurant late Sunday. Witnesses said they heard 20 to 30 shots.Police Chief Mark Saunders said terrorism had not been ruled out. Toronto police tweeted the shooting occurred in the Danforth and Logan avenues area of the Greektown neighborhood, a busy residential area with restaurants and cafes.A woman was killed and a young girl was critically wounded. Saunders said the gunman died after exchanging gunfire with police.___11:50 p.m.Police say a gunman and one victim is dead after a man shot 14 people, including a young girl, in the Toronto neighborhood known as Greektown.Toronto police chief Mark Saunders says a young woman was killed in the shooting Sunday night. He also says a young girl is in critical condition.Police spokesman Mark Pugash says the condition of the other victims is not known yet. He says it’s too early to say whether the shooting is terrorism.Following the shooting, police, paramedics and other first responders descended on the scene, while area residents, some in their pajamas, emerged from their homes to see what was happening.Over the weekend, Toronto police deployed dozens of additional officers to deal with a recent spike in gun violence in the city.___10:35 p.m.Canadian police and emergency personnel services are responding to a shooting that reportedly involves multiple victims in the downtown Toronto neighborhood known as Greektown.Police have yet to release any confirmed details of the late Sunday shooting. But local television station CP24 is showing images of multiple ambulances and other first responders at the scene, with several people being treated by paramedics.