Almost a year after the Danforth shooting occurred, Toronto Police are revealing more information behind their investigation on the shooting and the suspect that was involved on July 22, 2018. Toronto Police state that although the shooter did not have a criminal record, he was known to police and was deemed as having a "high to medium risk of violence. " The shooter, that left two dead and multiple injured was known to have violent thoughts throughout his life.
Through this investigation, Toronto Police state that they discovered the shooter, Faisal Hussain, had been struggling with mental health issues that were first documented back in 1996. The shooter was known to have violent thoughts throughout his life and was clinically treated for violent acts against himself.
Police reveal that the Toronto District School Board first reported Hussain's mental health issues in 1998 and over his academic years, teacher and staff were worried about the safety of their students and staff. Six reports were made to the Toronto District School Board Social Work Department between 2001-2010 where it was discovered that he had a high-medium risk of violence.
Hussain began seeing a mental health professional in August 2010 but in November of 2014, the shooter refused to receive any more medical attention.
Although he had no criminal record, Hussain first came into contact with Police in 2010 when police transported him to the hospital following an incident of self-harm while he was at school. He was transported under the Mental Health act at that time.
Just two days before the shooting occurrence, Hussain was arrested by Toronto Police after attempting to steal ice cream but he was quickly released without any charges.
Toronto Police confirm that there is no evidence that the Hussain was directed or assisting in the crime that he committed and there is no evidence that he was involved in any terrorist organizations. Toronto Police confirm that mental health played a critical role in this attack.
Toronto Police also confirm that Hussain's cause of death was a bullet to the brain, consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Yet, despite the investigation, Toronto Police are still unclear of the motives behind this tragic attack. According to police, "at the end of the day, the only person who knows why he did what he did is no longer with us."