Toronto Mayor Says City in Shock After Mass Shooting

Toronto Mayor Says City in Shock After Mass Shooting

Toronto Mayor Says City in Shock After Mass Shooting

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 29-year-old gunman died following an exchange of gunfire with police.

Mayor John Tory said he was "outraged that someone has unleashed such a bad attack on our city and people innocently enjoying a Sunday evening".

The shooting happened on Danforth Avenue in the city's Greektown neighbourhood, an area filled with restaurants.

Meanwhile, Hussain's family emailed a statement to CBC News outlining a life-long struggle with mental illness, depression and psychosis.

Shortly after the authorities named Hussain, his family released a statement expressing condolences to the families of the victims and the horror they felt after learning of his actions.

Medication and therapy had failed to help him, they said, adding that they "could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end".

Desirae Shapiro, 19, right, and her mother, Gina Shapiro, friends of 18-year-old Danforth shooting victim Reese Fallon, mourn after visiting a makeshift memorial, Monday, July 23, 2018, in Toronto, remembering the victims of the shooting on Sunday.

Police say at least nine victims have been shot, and they have been rushed to hospital for treatment.

Police Chief Mark Saunders earlier said he would not speculate on a motive but did not rule out terrorism.

The shooter also died in an exchange of gunfire, after killing one woman, critically injuring a young girl, and injuring 12 others.

Tory called the shooting an "unspeakable" act and said the time had come to confront the rising prevalence of guns in the city, which has experienced a spike in shootings in recent weeks.

An army of police, paramedics and other emergency personnel soon descended on the scene, while area residents, some in pyjamas, emerged from their homes to see what was happening.

Toronto Mayor John Tory, speaking at the overnight news conference, acknowledged the Canadian city's problems with gun violence.

"Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?" he asked in an address to city councillors on Monday morning. Authorities have not disclosed a motive.

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.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter: "The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and fearless - and we'll be there to support you through this hard time".

A neighbour living near the apartment where Hussain lived with his parents said Faisal told him he previously worked in a bakery and as a grocer.

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