A statement from the group's Amaq agency, translated from Arabic, reads in part: "The person who carried out the attack on the city of Toronto in south-east Canada on Sunday evening is one of the soldiers of the Islamic State and he carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting citizens of the coalition countries".
Police chief Mark Saunders says investigators don't know a possible motive yet. Family members of Faisal said that he had mental health issues for a long time after he faced a lot of distress in life with failures and problems, but they were anxious that their son had to face such a awful ending in his life.
A day earlier, Canada's Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale had said: "There is no national security connection between this individual and any other national security issue".
Hussain died after an exchange of gunfire with police.
Within hours CBC News obtained an unsigned letter purportedly from the killer's family, stating the mass shooter Faisal Hussain had a lifelong struggle with "severe mental health challenges", including "psychosis and depression".
The attack killed two people, a recent high school graduate Reese Fallon and 10-year-old girl who has not been named.
Kozis was a synchronized swimmer who swam last season with the Markham Synchro Club as a 10 and under competitive athlete. The girl's photo and a memory book sat on a table inside Markham city hall, surrounded by delicate pink rose petals. The family said they were shocked at Hussain's "senseless violence" and expressed their condolences for the families of the victims. We can not guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired. Parents pushed children in strollers, others brought their dogs.
In one video, the gunman can actually be seen firing into what looks like a restaurant from the sidewalk. They held candles in memory of the victims. A teen from the neighborhood played guitar, another sang. Wilson stood near her shop and sobbed, embracing people she knew.
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"I'm out of my mind just thinking about it". She was preparing to study nursing at Hamilton's McMaster University this fall.
Small acts of kindness were everywhere. He was buried by his family on Wednesday.
According to The Toronto Star, a former teacher at Victoria Park Collegiate recalled Hussain once saying that it would be "cool to kill someone".
"I grew up in a very safe Toronto-people would say hello at the bus stop and smile, and I hope we would continue to be friendly to each other", Julie said.
"When he comes around six o'clock, seven o'clock, I say, 'Faisal, who is cooking? I'm not sure what else can be done".
Chrys Nicholas, owner of a restaurant on the main street known as The Danforth, seemed in a daze as she watched the crowd move past her business.
"It feels a little surreal". "I feel bad right now because I wish I had the ability to identify what triggered this sort of behaviour, but I don't".
The same CBS News story said the city's mayor and city council members are now asking for an outright ban on handgun ownership in Toronto, a city of 2.8 million.