It’s official: the Toronto shooter was a culture-enricher named Faisal Hussain. I’m a WAYCIST, so all I can say is: “What did you expect?”
Now it’s time to dust off the media mantra. Everybody repeat after me: “A lone wolf with a history of psychological problems who was radicalized online, with no connection to terrorism.” Keep repeating that until your eyes glaze over and your brain’s higher functions shut down.
Then you will be well-equipped to add, without further prompting: “The incident had nothing to do with Islam.”
The shooter’s bereaved family has already started the ball rolling by issuing a press release about their late son’s psychological difficulties. Here’s the latest CBC report:
Faisal Hussain ID’d as Gunman in Deadly Danforth Shooting Attack
Faisal Hussain has been identified as the gunman in the deadly Danforth Avenue shooting rampage. He was 29 and lived in the Thorncliffe Park neighbhourhood of Toronto.
Family of 29-year-old shooter says he had severe mental health issues
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) released Hussain’s identity on Monday evening, hours after he opened fire on a number of Danforth Avenue restaurants, killing two people and injuring 13 more.
Hussain, 29, then died of a gunshot wound after exchanging fire with Toronto police. The SIU is looking into whether Hussain was shot by police, or if he shot himself.
Earlier Monday, police executed a search warrant at Hussain’s residence, in the city’s Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood.
Hussain’s family issued an email statement to CBC Toronto saying they are devastated by what happened and suggested that their son was struggling with severe mental health challenges, including psychosis and depression.
“We are at a terrible loss for words but we must speak out to express our deepest condolences to the families who are now suffering on account of our son’s horrific actions,” the family’s statement said.
Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.