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Rosie DiManno: Police report into Danforth shooting offers one intriguing detail and a clueless conclusion

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Investigators never discovered why Stephen Paddock unleashed hell upon the Las Vegas Strip, killing 58 and wounding 422 from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. And they spent 10 months looking for clues into the mass murderer’s motive.

At the end of their painstaking probe, they could only say: We don’t know, might never know.

Paddock was dead, shot himself in the head, took his reasons to the grave. No trace, no filament of ties to terrorist groups, were uncovered.

It left an awful hollowness, the clueless conclusion.

Toronto knows how that feels now, with police Chief Mark Saunders’ disclosure last week that, following a nearly yearlong investigation, they are equally clueless about why Faisal Hussain wreaked carnage along the Danforth last July 22, firing a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol — perhaps indiscriminately, perhaps not — killing 18-year-old Reese Fallon and 10-year-old Julianna Kozis, wounding 13, before turning the gun on himself.

If the 29-year-old shooter had been inspired by radical ideology, investigators found no evidence of it. Though he’d travelled with his father to Pakistan — how often is unclear, but he was absent from school here for Grades 1, 2 and 7 — the police report compiled (unusually, publicly released in its alleged entirety) never mentions Pakistan at all, nor sheds light on any connections that may have been nurtured with the country of his parents’ birth over the years.

“Little information was located due to the challenge of obtaining records from foreign non-digital databases,” the report blandly states about Hussain’s travels. Surely his parents could have provided some details, given that their son had always lived with them. It was the second mass street carnage in three months and investigators were flummoxed by blocked database access?

What we’re left with, by way of profile, is an individual with lifelong mental health issues — a cutter, for one thing, repeatedly mutilating his own face in younger days — with low academic........

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