It is likely among the most obvious, self-evident conclusions Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has ever reached: Faisal Hussain killed himself.
The 29-year-old, of course, was the fellow who shot up the restaurants and patios of The Danforth in the central/east part of Toronto last July 22, killing a little girl (Julianna Kozis, 10) and a young woman (Reese Fallon, 18) and injuring 13 other people, some left with lasting injuries.
What happened was from the get-go pretty much as plain as the nose on your face. Toronto Police co-operated quickly and fully with SIU investigators, as indeed they are bound to do.
The SIU’s mandate is to independently investigate any interaction with police that leaves citizens dead or seriously hurt, and though there have certainly been instances when police co-operation was grudging, or the SIU wasn’t notified by a force as quickly as it would like, that certainly wasn’t the case here.
Toronto Police immediately handed over a 143-page document of 911 calls and police radio transmissions: The civilian callers confirmed that Hussain had shot a woman four times in the back and at least one caller reported, in a 911 operator’s shorthand, “Susp is down — self-inflicted.”