In cities like Toronto, however, the smuggling and trafficking of firearms still presents a significant threat to public safety, with Toronto's police department reporting the largest single weapons seizure in the force's history last month, with 60 firearms seized from a vehicle headed to the city.
The Greektown shooting comes about three months after the city was shaken by the deaths of 10 people, majority women, killed by a man with an apparent grudge against women who drove into them on a busy street in Toronto's north end.
Ashley Robinson saw Faisal Hussain nearly every day when she walked her dog on the winding sidewalk near her high-rise apartment building. "I know that her plan was to become a mental health nurse", he said.
For a while there, it might not have been wholly unreasonable to wonder out loud about whether the shooter, who turned out to be 29-year-old Faisal Hussain, could have been possessed of a motive, if you could call it that, that derived in some fashion from the crackpottery of death-cult jihadism. "A lot of people here are afraid of my dog, but he wasn't".
Where Hussain got his handgun remains unknown. His arm, calmly, meticulously raised a handgun and people as they strolled in Toronto's Greektown neighborhood.
"I had to come back to my community", she said through tears.
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"I had firearm's training for ten years and I was not as good or as comfortable with a gun as that guy appeared to be in the video", said a former Toronto Police officer. Relatives said Hussain suffered from serious mental health challenges and struggled with psychosis and depression most of his life.
And then there's this: CBS News was reporting all day Tuesday that "investigators in Canada" were digging into "indications" suggesting Hussain may have visited and even expressed support for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) websites, though, the story said, there was no indication he'd been directed to carry out the attack.
Neighbours and friends said Hussain came from a supportive family beleaguered with troubles and showed no outward signs of mental illness.
"He had a million-dollar smile, and he was very upbeat and happy whenever I saw him".
"Right now we need to focus on respecting the family's wishes for privacy as they deal with a frightful loss", Mayor Frank Scarpitti said Wednesday.
"The interventions of professionals were unsuccessful".
He's said to have re-loaded twice, shot some twice while telling others he wouldn't shoot them. "While we did our best to seek help for him throughout his life of struggle and pain, we could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end", the statement added. The man reportedly lived in Afghanistan and Pakistan on multiple occasions.
Malik would often run into Hussain outside on his way to and from work, most recently at a local Shoppers Drug Mart.