'The 29-year-old gunman behind an attack that killed two people and injured 13 others in Toronto suffered from psychosis and depression, his family has said.
Faisal Hussain died on Sunday after a brief exchange of gunfire with police. Minutes earlier the lone gunman had opened fire along one of the city’s liveliest stretches, seemingly shooting at random at pedestrians and into crowded restaurants.
It remains unknown whether Hussain took his own life or was killed by police.
Police, who said the attack spanned several city blocks, have so far declined to speculate on a motive for the attack.
In a statement, Hussain’s family expressed their condolences to those suffering on account of what they described as “our son’s horrific actions,” adding that they were “utterly devastated” by the news.
“Our son had severe mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life,” they said. Professional help, medications and therapy had all failed to help him, they added.
“While we did our best to seek help for him throughout his life of struggle and pain, we could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end,” they said. “Our hearts are in pieces for the victims and for our city as we all come to grips with this terrible tragedy. We will mourn those who were lost for the rest of our lives.”'
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