While reports are surfacing that Sunday’s fatal shooting on The Danforth is connected to ISIS, Toronto Police say there is no evidence to support these claims.
From the UK to the US, headlines stated that ISIS claims responsibility for the recent Toronto shooting, adding that the suspect, 29-year-old Toronto resident Faisal Hussain, lived in the Middle East.
But in Toronto, the Police Service who has been investigating the shooting say they have released the updated, and accurate information on the case.
“Since Sunday evening, all areas of the Toronto Police Service have been involved in this investigation. We have received assistance from law enforcement partners at every level and I have been updated regularly,” said Chief Mark Saunders in a statement.
“At this stage, we have no evidence to support these claims. Accurate information about this investigation will only be released by the Toronto Police Service.”
Saunders said they will continue to explore every investigative avenue including interviewing those who knew Mr. Hussain, reviewing his online activity, and looking into his history of mental health.
On Sunday, July 22, 2018, at approximately 10 pm, the Toronto Police Service responded to the area of Danforth Avenue and Logan Avenue for a shooting.
Two young female victims, 10-year-old Julianna Kozis of Markham and 18-year-old Reese Fallon, both succumbed to their injuries on Sunday.
Thirteen other victims, ranging in age from 17 to 59 years old, are being treated in hospital. Their injuries range from minor to serious.
Anyone who has information on this incident, who has not yet contacted police, is asked to please do so by calling Homicide at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
Police are asking witnesses to upload any videos or photos from the incident that occurred on Sunday. A special website had been set up dedicated to the investigation, and can be found here.
Victim Services Toronto also invites anyone experiencing trauma from the Danforth shooting to contact Victim Services by calling 416-808-7066.