If you are wondering why there is no update from the police regarding the motivation that prompted Danforth shooter Faizal Hussain’s murderous spree, it has to do with the fact that the province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the cause and circumstances behind his death.
Here’s what they have revealed so far:
At approximately 10 p.m. on July 22, 2018, a man walking along Danforth Avenue fired shots at groups of people several times. Several people were struck. Two civilians were fatally injured.
Officers located the man on Bowden Street and an exchange of gunfire took place.
The man fled the area and was located, deceased, on Danforth Avenue.
At this time, six investigators and three forensic investigators have been assigned to this incident.
The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.
All that is fine except for one thing, it has been established unofficially by the police that the gunman likely took his own life. A layperson might wonder why it takes so long to make that determination because all it would take is to compare the bullet he took to the gun he had. It is unlikely a cop wrested the gun from him and shot him with his own gun. And then one wonders why so much time and money is being spent on ensuring ‘justice’ for the mass shooter when he has devastated a community and horrified the city.
What is even more frustrating is that the police cannot reveal the findings of their own investigation until the SIU completes and submits its report.