An Instagram user has posted video that appears to show the 29-year-old Toronto gunman who shot 15 people in the city’s Greektown area. You can watch the video below but be aware that it’s disturbing.
The video shows the shooter, clad all in black, walking down the street before, unprovoked, he takes out a gun and starts shooting.
The shooter has now been identified as Faisal Hussain. You can read more about him here.
Toronto police later confirmed: “16 people shot in total (includes shooter), 8 women (including 10yr old girl) and 8 men. Three have died, (18yr old woman, 10yr old girl and the shooter). That leaves 13 still in hospital with minor to life-changing injuries.” Police later said that 15 people were shot, not counting the gunman. Police chief Mark Saunders said police did not yet know the motive. Police later revealed that a second victim has now also died in the rampage. The deceased victims are an 18-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl. Both are Canadian. The older woman is from Toronto, and the girl is from the Greater Toronto Area.
The woman who died has been named as Reese Fallon. According to CP24, she was “a recent high school graduate from Toronto’s Malvern Collegiate Institute, and planned to study nursing at McMaster University.”
Police are holding a live update at 12:15ET on July 23, 2018. You can watch the press conference video live here.
The video was backed up by another witness who said on CP24 television that the gunman was wearing all black. The mass shooting unfolded along Danforth Avenue, a popular restaurant area in Toronto. The victims were strewn over several blocks in Greektown, according to multiple reports. Here’s the chief talking about the victims:
The Instagram user, @ArielAnise, wrote with the Instagram video, “WARNING disturbing content @TorontoPolice @CBCToronto Shooting outside our window at Chester and Danforth ? praying for victims.” The Instagram user then deleted her page but not before the video spread on the Internet. Heavy viewed the video on the original page before it was deleted. Here is the video:
Here are close up screenshots from the video:
Here’s what you need to know:
A Witness Described the Gunman Shooting ‘Aimlessly’ at People
Police say it’s too early to say whether terrorism is involved. A police news release says “a man was walking along the street on Danforth Avenue when he began shooting at groups of people several times.”
“I’m keeping everything open. Looking at every single possible motive for this; when you have this many people struck by gunfire, it’s a grave concern,” said Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders. “I certainly want to find out exactly what it is, so I am not closing any doors or any chapters on this. I certainly don’t want to speculate… I don’t know why he did what he did, and he won’t be able to tell us because he is deceased.”
A witness speaking on CP24 said the shooter was “running around shooting at people aimlessly” before possibly shooting himself. The witness said she believed at least one woman had died. “Two young girls were lying down on the street shot,” she said.
According to CBC, there is no longer an active shooter. The shooting occurred outside Christina’s Restaurant. Multiple victims were seen lying on the ground, reported The Toronto Sun. You can see a roundup of videos and photos from the scene here.
Jeremy Cohn, a digital journalist with Global News Toronto, shared video from the scene on Twitter (which you can see later in this article) and wrote, “BREAKING: Multiple people shot on Danforth Av in Greektown. Victims are spread across many blocks.” Merella Fernandez, a CTV reporter, described the scene as a popular area with restaurants and said witnesses reported hearing more than a dozen shots.
City News Toronto wrote on Twitter, “#UPDATE: Paramedics say the crime scene encompasses a large area and a number of victims have suffered significant injuries.” The mass shooting occurred in the area of Danforth and Logan Avenues, City News reported. The motive for the shooting is not clear, including whether terrorism could be involved or some other motive, and the gunman has not been identified.
Nicholas Lemon wrote on Twitter that he was at the location where the shooting occurred. “There has been a mass shooting about 2-3 blocks along the Danforth in Toronto where I currently am located. We are safe. But the street has 2-3 dozen EMS, police, fire, etc., vehicles. 5-10 victims (there are unconfirmed death/s). More to come. #torontoshooting #massshooting,” he wrote.
Toronto’s Greektown on the Danforth’s website describes it as “the largest Greek neighbourhood in North America and one of the most cosmopolitan areas of Toronto! Visit our part of town and experience a neighbourhood alive with interesting restaurants, boutiques, shops, markets, cafes, and a host of wonderful experiences.”