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TOWHEY: The 'S' in SIU doesn't stand for 'Secret' – yet

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On July 22, 2018, Faisal Hussain used a stolen handgun to conduct a killing spree on Toronto’s busy Danforth Ave.

He killed two women — girls, really, aged 10 and 18 — and injured 13 others before ending his own life.

Toronto Police responded quickly and exchanged gunfire with Hussain. Because he died, Ontario’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) launched an investigation.

Faisal Hussain, 29, fires a gun on the Danforth Sunday, July 22, 2018. (Video screengrab)

Immediately, a cloak of secrecy descended over one of the worst attacks in Toronto history. Precisely when residents — and the world — needed answers.

Was this a terror attack? Was he targeting women? Were other attacks likely?

Because the SIU was involved, Toronto Police refused to comment.

And the SIU said nothing. As, usual.

Not until the SIU published its report 178 days later did the public officially learn Hussain had killed himself and Toronto Police officers had done nothing wrong.

Eyewitnesses described Hussain’s suicide to 911 operators as it happened. Within 48 hours, the coroner formally........

© Edmonton Sun