The quiet sibling from a family often visited by tragedy. A shy young man with few close friends. A mass shooter who does not appear to have been on the radar of either federal national security agencies or provincial law enforcement.
Faisal Hussain, the 29-year-old gunman in Sunday’s fatal rampage on the Danforth, had a complicated past replete with family misfortune — including his older brother’s drug overdose, which put him in a vegetative state — and mental health challenges including psychosis, his family said.
Faisal Hussain’s 2004-05 yearbook photo from Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute in Toronto.
But if there were warning signs, they weren’t foretold in a criminal rap sheet. According to the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, Hussain has no criminal court files associated with his name. Nor was he in the sights of national security agencies, federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told reporters Tuesday.
Based on what’s known so far, there is “no national security connection between this individual and any other national security issue,” Goodale said. A senior member of the Ontario Provincial Police, who spoke to the Star on the condition of anonymity, likewise said Hussain was not known to that force.
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