Searching through Danforth gunman Faisal Hussain’s apartment in the aftermath of July’s mass shooting, Toronto police found a stockpile of ammunition that included two loaded magazines for an AK-47 assault rifle, though no guns were recovered inside the home, newly released police documents say.
The documents released Tuesday raise more questions about the possible motive behind the shooting on July 22, when 29-year-old Hussain opened fire with a handgun along a busy stretch of Danforth Ave., killing 18-year-old Reese Fallon and 10-year-old Julianna Kozis and leaving 13 others injured. He then fatally shot himself.
Police searching inside the 43 Thorncliffe Park Dr. apartment Hussain shared with his parents found — in a drawer under a bed — ammunition for various guns, some loosely collected in a black sock, some loaded into magazines, including for a 9mm gun. Investigators also found an empty handgun box and a soft rifle case and trigger guard. The firearms themselves were not located, according to a police document written one day after the shooting.
“It is reasonable to believe that when fully loaded magazines and cases are located, there would be firearms to match loaded in the residence but there was not,” a Toronto investigator wrote.
The court files released Tuesday are “information to obtain” (ITO) documents, affidavits police file to get the court’s permission to perform certain types of investigations, including a home search. The documents typically contain fresh details about an investigation, including summaries of evidence.
A partially redacted version of the documents was released in September, after court applications by the Star and other media, though they did not reveal the information about the ammunition.
The documents show police did not obtain a search warrant before the first search, in the early hours after the shooting. Citing a concern for human life, an officer from Toronto’s Emergency Task Force (ETF) and an explosives-sniffing dog went into the apartment, where they discovered the ammunition.
They also found a “white powdery substance” and an Islamic headscarf, the documents state.
Police later filed ITOs to continue their search of the home and the electronics seized inside the apartment.
The documents also show police found four DVDs that appear to include several 9/11 conspiracy videos and documentaries about the Iraq war. One of the videos has the same name, “American Dictators,” as a film released by Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
The ITO also notes receipts in the amounts of $1000 and $8310 for cash paid to the “Abad Co-operative Housing Society Ltd.” in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The receipts were for a “Mrs. Fakhira Sultana.”
According to the police documents, Hussain’s father said Faisal Hussain went to Islamabad, Pakistan two or three years ago to visit family. “Faisal was happy on the trip and did not want to return home because people left him alone there,” the documents quote Hussain’s father as saying.
Hussain’s parents have previously said their son suffered from “severe mental health challenges” and struggled with psychosis and depression. The police documents state Hussain had both a family doctor and a psychiatrist.
In another ITO filed to seek authorization to search through electronics seized by police — including four cell phones located in his room, a laptop and two tablets — police stress that a review of his online activities may be the sole way to learn more about him.
“Faisal Hussein’s only companions appear to be his parents and they do not even know him that well and what he has been up to. The only way to understand the true extent of what ocurred or was planned is to go to the only place Hussein spent time, which is on these devices,” the documents state.
Hussain exchanged gunfire with two officers before he died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Because of the gunfight involving police, Ontario’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), is probing Hussain’s death.
Spokesperson Monica Hudon said Tuesday that the SIU expects to release a decision in this case in the coming days.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said in a year-end press conference that “there will be an opportunity (to) present whatever we can to the public” about the Danforth shooting, since there will be no trial.
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