On Sunday evening, Canadians were left in shock after a shooter rampaged through Toronto's Greektown district.
The rampage injured 13 people and killed three people, including the shooter himself. An 18-year-old nursing student was murdered along with a 10-year-old child.
Following the shooting, Canadians waited to hear more news about the shooter himself. Toronto Police officially released his name last night along with some explanation of the shooter's mental health history. We now know that his name was Faisal Hussain.
Since then, friends of the shooter have come forward to describe what he was like before the shooting.
Aamir Sukhera, a friend of Hussain's, spoke to CBC News about his relationship with the shooter. In the interview, he talked about how he saw Hussain as a little brother. He couldn't believe the news at first, because he had never seen Hussain in this way before.
Sukhera said, "It's like two different people, it doesn't make sense." He continued on, "He was shy and reserved." He even stated that he didn't see any signs that would've indicated that Hussain was troubled, struggling or even violent.
According to CBC, Hussain's family and his neighbours all shared similar sentiments about Hussain's personality. They were all shocked to hear that he was the Danforth shooter. Sukhera said, "He had a million-dollar smile and he was very upbeat and happy whenever I saw him. I didn't identify any triggers, I couldn't see anything wrong."
Another family-friend, Khalid Malik stated that Hussain always seemed "mild-mannered and polite". He also stated that he typically ran into Hussain going to and coming from work. They recently ran into each other at Shopper's Drug Mart.
Incidents like the shooting on the #Danforth can leave psychological scars. Feelings of fear, anxiety, anger and powerlessness are a normal response to such violence. There are supports available. @VSToronto #DanforthStrong #TorontoStrong #Toronto #Call211 https://t.co/ob5QzdQOtY pic.twitter.com/tiR25PuReB— 211 Central Region (@211Central) July 24, 2018
He would usually visit the hospital, where his brother was comatose, for the past year and a half following an accident. His parents and he would visit his brother daily. Malik said that this was a typical day for Hussain. He also noted that the family had lost their daughter in the same accident.
Hussain's friends and family are still dealing with the shock that the well-mannered man they knew, is the same person that unleashed terror on innocent Canadians on Sunday evening. His family and friends still don't know how or where he obtained the gun that killed two innocent lives.
Source: CBC News
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