While we still know very little about the motive of the shooter, two distinct media narratives have emerged.
One comes from the CBC and other leftist outlets: That Hussain was “severely mentally ill” and not responsible for his deranged actions; and another, from media outlets who take a realist approach: That Hussain had gang ties, was a highly skilled gunman, was perhaps interested in ISIS and was known to police.
Each of these narratives comes from in-depth reporting, but each relies on a number of unverified accounts.
It's strange how so many of these "mentally ill" murderers end up being Muslim.
Then we have the account of a businessman, a Mr. Singh, who bumped into the gunman on the Danforth moments before his massacre. Hussain told Singh, “Don’t worry, I won’t kill you,” leading Singh to speculate he may have been spared because “I also have brown skin.”
Was Hussain’s killing spree a hate crime? Was it terror or terror-inspired? Or was it a psychotic episode?
Or was he inspired by his stunningly peaceful religion?