Another vigil to be held for Danforth shooting victims

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Ashley Robinson saw Faisal Hussain nearly every day when she walked her dog on the winding sidewalk near her high-rise apartment building.

"At this time, there is no national-security nexus to the investigation", said a spokesperson for the ministry of public safety.

Canadian police said on Wednesday that they had no evidence so far to support claims by the Islamic State militant group that it was responsible for a weekend shooting in Toronto that left two people dead and 13 wounded. An autopsy was conducted but the police watchdog, the special investigations unit, in charge of determining how the man was killed said they are not releasing the results. A resident of Toronto, Hussain worked in a grocery store.

Hussain is a Muslim, and DawaNet, a Toronto Muslim charitable association, and Islamic Relief Canada have teamed up with dozens of other Muslim organizations to decry the shootings and fundraise for the victims.

Police investigate a vehicle at the scene of a shooting in Toronto.

Lichtman said he hopes the walk gives the community a chance to "reclaim" the neighbourhood after Sunday's attack. After a brief exchange of gunfire with the police, the suspect was found dead. Police have yet to clarify whether he was killed due to injuries sustained during the firefight or if he committed suicide.

The classmate says she was friends with Hussain on Facebook and that he would post pictures of guns and make worrisome comments.

Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condoled the "terrible" incident on social media.

"My thoughts are with everyone affected by the awful tragedy on the Danforth last night in Toronto, and may the injured make a full recovery".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter on Monday: "The people of Toronto are strong, resilient and courageous - and we'll be there to support you through this hard time".

At one point Demircan said he was close enough to hear Hussain speak as he fired shots at people.

The Canadian Psychiatric Association says it's concerned that Sunday night's violence in Toronto's Greektown may deepen stigma against people contending with mental illness after the gunman's parents said their son struggled with psychosis and depression for most of his life.

"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 family 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. A vigil for the victims was held in Toronto on Monday evening as Torontonians gathered to mark yet another violent episode in the recent history of Canada's largest city.

"There is no national security nexus at this time", communications officer Hilary Peirce said.

"How did he get the gun?" said 39-year-old Malak Faisal, a father of two.

People all over the world are expressing shock and sadness as news of the shooting spreads.

Goodale said that the government is prepared to consider tightening handgun laws.