Gunman kills woman and shoots 13 more in Toronto, Canada

People in Toronto add flowers and messages to a memorial remembering the victims of the shooting

Toronto police on Monday sought a motive after two young women, ages 10 and 18, were killed and 13 other people were wounded by a gunman on a busy, restaurant-filled street.

John Tory, the mayor of Toronto, said that he was "outraged" by the attack and thanked the first responders who arrived at the scene to help the injured.

Investigators are still trying to determine why Hussain, 29, opened fire on Toronto's Greektown neighborhood as families dined at Greek restaurants.

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

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Hussain's family issued a statement saying they are "at a awful loss for words" but needed express their condolences to victims' families. Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said recently it would be helpful if information could be shared between levels of government about suspicious purchases. Her two friends were shot as well and are now in hospital.

"A short time ago, after speaking with a member of the deceased's immediate family and a family representative, the SIU was able to confirm the man's identity", SIU said in a statement.

The gunman used a handgun, according to the police chief. The shooter is also dead, the Globe and Mail reports, though it is unclear whether he was shot by police or died by suicide.

Tina Papachristos, who has called the neighbourhood home since childhood, said she's struggling to process what happened. 'We heard a woman yell, "help".

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that he would be keeping the city in his thoughts in the aftermath of the shooting and that Canadians would be standing by the city.

In total, CAN $15 million ($11.4 million USD) had been set aside for efforts at curbing gun violence in Toronto, with some money going to community programs aimed at stopping young people from joining gangs, CTV quoted Tory as saying.

Deadly incidents such as April's van attack and Sunday's mass shooting in Greektown may have residents feeling as if Toronto the Good has become Murder City Canada, and has left some wondering whether the country's largest city is a safe place to live.

In a press conference, Tory said he believed the city has a gun problem because "guns are too readily available to too many people". Deaths from gun violence has jumped 53 per cent to 26 so far this year from the same period last year, police data last week showed, with the number of shootings rising 13 per cent. Choking back tears, Toronto Councillor Mary Fragedakis said to the city council Monday morning, "This is so heartbreaking. They were all out tonight walking, having their dinner ... it's just unbelievable in this neighborhood", one witness said.

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