Toronto mayor calls for gun control in wake of deadly shooting

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A shooting in Toronto's Greektown Sunday night has left a 10-year-old girl and 18-year-old woman dead and 13 more injured while police search for answers over motive.

Police later exchanged fire with the 29-year-old gunman, who was later found dead, according to Ontario's Special Investigations Unit. Others were somber, wondering both why someone would want to hurt people in their neighbourhood - and how he obtained a gun in a country with far stricter gun laws than in the neighbouring US.

A statement from Hussain's relatives said he had lifelong "severe mental health challenges".

In a statement released to various media outlets, Hussain's family expressed their "deepest condolences" to the victims and their families for what they called "our son's horrific actions".

Medication and therapy had failed to help him, they said, adding that they "could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end".

The shooting took place along Danforth Avenue in Toronto's downtown around 10 p.m. Sunday and covered several blocks while restaurant patrons and strolling pedestrians ran for cover.

"Other than the shooter we have a young lady that is deceased", Toronto police chief Mark Saunders said earlier.

Police said the gunman used a handgun.

At the 65 Mussallah Mosque near the building, Abubaker Patel said he knew Faisal's father well, calling him "the nicest guy in the world".

She then went outside and flagged down a police officer, who helped her re-do the tourniquets before the two victims were rushed off to hospital. "She had been shot", she said.

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An 18-year-old woman who was aspiring to be a nurse and a 10-year-old girl have been identified as the two people killed in the incident.

Thoe 13 people wounded ranged in age from 17 to 59, police said.

Sources say police in Toronto and CSIS officials in Ottawa, as well as the RCMP, are looking into his past which sources say include his residence in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Witnesses said they heard a total of 25 gunshots near Christina's restaurant on Danforth Ave at around 10pm local time last night.

Hours after the fatal shooting, in an apparently unrelated incident, a man with a knife was arrested during a military ceremony on Parliament Hill in Canada's capital, Ottawa.

"It's nearly inconceivable that these things can happen", said the city's mayor John Tory.

"Why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all?" he said.

"We have a gun problem in that guns are readily available to too many people", Tory said. Authorities would not say whether he was killed by police or by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Toronto is grappling with a sharp rise in gun violence this year.

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