WARMINGTON: Danforth killer told 'find a wife' prior to shooting spree
June 22, 2019
June 22, 2019 8:12 PM EDT
Faisal Hussain. (Supplied by family)
The reason may be a mystery but one fact that is undeniable is just an hour after being told to find a wife, Faisal Hussain shot two girls to death and wounded 13 others on The Danforth.
Now, while Toronto Police say they don’t know the motive for the deadly shooting spree that unfolded around 10 p.m. on July 22, 2018, they do know that at 9 p.m. the 29-year-old was talking to his twin brother on the balcony of their parents’ Thorncliffe Park Drive apartment.
“Family reported having a conversation with Faisal Hussain about his future and that he should find a wife,” Toronto Police said in their report on the Danforth shooting released Friday.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders during a press conference with updates on their investigation into the Danforth shooting on Friday, June 21, 2019. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)
The Sun has previously reported after Hussain said he was “mentally retarded” while smoking a cigarette” his brother urged him “to get his life together, get married and get some direction.”
Toronto Police now say “the family believe this conversation upset Faisal Hussain.”
Just 60 minutes later Julianna Kozis, 10, and Reese Fallon, 18, were repeatedly shot — along with 13 others who survived. That list of others struck by Hussain’s .40 calibre Smith and Wesson with seven magazines and at least ten bullets per clip were Danielle Kane; Julianna’s father Donny Kozis; Fallon’s friends, Samantha Price, Miranda Li and Ali Demrican; a mother and son named Joanne and Jon; and a waiter named Nick.
Reese Fallon, 18, (left) and Julianna Kozis, 10.
Police have told the families they don’t have a motive. But standing out in the report are the names of two men allegedly involved in misogynistic attacks that helped fuel and publicize the involuntary celibate phenomenon known as Incel.
Toronto Police state “there was a 4 second audio file of a male voice saying “Elliot Rodger golf course” and an internet search for Rodger’s infamous video manifesto thathe recorded before murdering six friends — three of whom were girls.
Hussain also conducted a search for a story about Toronto van attack suspect Alek Minassian who is before the courts for alledgedly murdering 10 and wounding 16 others exactly four months previous on March 22.
Before the Yonge St. attack, Minassian allegedly took to social media and announced: “The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!”
It was later understood Stacys are women who reject men while Chads are admired males who have regular sex with females.
Police are seen near a damaged van in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into a number of pedestrians on Monday, April 23, 2018. The victims of a deadly van attack in northern Toronto have a wider range of options for recourse to deal with the fallout because it involved a motor vehicle under the province’s insurance system, lawyers say. Aaron Vincent Elkaim / THE CANADIAN PRESS
But as Chief Mark Saunders and Det. Sgt. Terry Browne caution, no single posting nails down a motive. Hussain had many bizarre digital files, including those talking about terror, conspiracies and the holocaust by the Nazis.
Saunders said there is “no evidence Hussain was affiliated with radical ideologies, hate groups or terrorist organizations.”
That said, if Hussain was inspired by any ideology it would be one of violence. All throughout his life are documented incidents of self-harm and fantasies of hurting others.
“On May 14, 2010 Faisal Hussain was brought to a hospital as a result of him cutting his face during class,” the Danforth Shootings report states.
It also says Hussain “had an obsession with violence.”
And not just toward himself.
“Faisal Hussain told a physician that he had a long history of violent and aggressive behaviour,” including “the torturing and killing of animals” in which he “advised he felt no remorse.”
But he also denied “feeling hopeless, suicidal or homicidal” by telling professionals “he was only fooling around when he was talking about the Sept. 11 attacks, the Columbine High School shooting and having a big surprise for teachers on the last day of school.”
The red flags were there and in the end the Danforth shooting spree was not a hypothetical fantasy but a sick reality.
Police may not why it happened. But it happened.
FAMILIES OF DANFORTH SHOOTING SPREE VICTIMS URGE COPS TO KEEP DIGGING
Keep on investigating!
That’s the message some Danforth shooting victims’ families are conveying to Toronto Police following the release Friday of their report on the deadly rampage.
“Your article captured the essence of how many of the families feel,” Ken Price told me Saturday.
His daughter Samantha Price was struck in the same volley of shots from Faisal Hussain’s gun that killed her friend Reese Fallon at the Alexander the Great Parkette where they were celebrating her 18th birthday.
She lived and Reese didn’t.
Ken Price, father of Samantha, one of last year’s Danforth shooting victims, speaks at a press conference at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall, calling for tighter gun controls in Canada on Friday. Feb. 22, 2019. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)
Julianna Kozis was also killed in the massacre that wounded 13.
The Fallons and the Kozis families have yet to comment on the report but Ken Price said the essence he references is not to criticize police but encourage them to keep striving for answers.
“The police shared what they felt they could,” said Price. “(Chief Mark) Saunders called the amount that was shared ‘unprecedented’ but they left many questions unanswered.”
Both Saunders and Det. Sgt. Terry Browne understand this frustration and indicated if new lanes open up they will investigate them.
The Toronto Police released the investigative findings of the Danforth shootings of July 22, 2018. Although we can’t answer all questions as to why this tragedy occurred, we keep the victims and families in our thoughts and hearts and work to keep our city safe.#DanforthShooting
— Mark Saunders (@marksaunderstps) June 22, 2019
One area that stands out could be surrounding a trip to Pakistan Hussain took with his father –something police had difficulty establishing information about.
Browne has promised if there ever was a reason to travel they will.
In addition to looking behind Hussain’s obvious mental health history to find a trigger or motive, Price encouraged their “ongoing investigations surrounding the source of the gun and the brother who is in a coma.”
The request is for police to not rest with this report but build on it to try to learn just what prompted Hussain to commit such an evil act.
“This is a complex case that deserves to be kept open as your call to action suggested,” said Price.
— Joe Warmington