IS claims deadly Toronto attack: propaganda agency

IS claims deadly Toronto attack: propaganda agency

IS claims deadly Toronto attack: propaganda agency

Though mass shootings are rare in Canada's largest city, Toronto police had deployed dozens of additional officers over the weekend to deal with a recent rise in gun violence in the city, which has seen 23 gun homicides so far this year, compared to 16 fatal shootings in the first half of 2017.

The killer's family had tried to get him help for years.

The director of the York Region School Board said there are "few words to adequately express the depth of sorrow that we feel".

Debbie Oleson had already broken the news to her eight-year-old daughter, who enthusiastically recalled playing basketball with Julianna in the past.

Ten-year-old Julianna Kozis was a "beautiful, aspiring athlete" before she was shot and killed while dining with her family at a Danforth Avenue café. If civilians are able to buy firearms legally, there is always the possibility they will enter an illegal market, Lee said.

"It's really heartbreaking", Polly Horvay, an employee at BOGO Beauty Supply at the Toronto intersection of Chester Ave. and Danforth Ave., told Yahoo Canada News on Tuesday.

Kozis was a member of the Markham Synchronized Swimming Club. "This is a traumatic event for many of us and we are committed to working through this in a thoughtful and responsive manner". The group said in a statement that it was profoundly saddened by the girl's death. "Senseless acts of violence like these leave an imprint on our communities and weigh heavy on our hearts". "We wanted to do that to show our support to the community".

One of Donny Kozis' high school friends set up a GoFundMe page on Wednesday to raise money to support the family.

It's unclear how the shooter obtained his weapon.

The Islamic State has publicly claimed responsibility for the shooting, but Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said there is "no evidence" linking Hussain to the group. He was found dead shortly after the shooting, authorities said.

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Tactical police officers walk along Danforth Avenue

The group's propaganda agency Amaq said the attacker was "one of the soldiers of the Islamic State".

Saunders, however, issued a sharp denial.

Police previously identified the other person killed in the shooting as 18-year-old Reese Fallon.

In a statement they said Hussain had "severe mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life".

In a speech at Toronto city council chambers just hours after the shooting, Mayor John Tory said there is a growing problem of people improperly acquiring guns that were originally purchased legally, and that has to stop.

Police officers enter a coffee shop damaged by gunfire while investigating a mass shooting on Danforth Avenue in Toronto on Monday. "Julianna was a lovely, aspiring athlete who was in her third year in our sport", MacTavish said.

The Toronto Star reported Wednesday that Hussain worked at the same Loblaws supermarket chain as two of the shooting victims - Reese Fallon, the 18-year-old killed in the attack, and Samantha Price, who was wounded.

Facebook posts from a man who appeared to be Fallon's father indicated she had just graduated from high school and was about to begin studying nursing at Hamilton's McMaster University in September.

Cressy acknowledged that banning handguns isn't the only thing Toronto should do to combat gun violence, which is on the rise in the city of roughly 3 million residents.

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