The man accused of one of the most violent acts in Toronto history was on house arrest Saturday when he opened fire at the food court at Eaton Centre.
On Monday Christopher Husbands, 23, turned himself in at 51 Division with his legal counsel. He, the slain victim Ahmed Hassan and another man, critically injured during the incident are all known members of the same Toronto area gang. Police say that the crime is not gang related.
The critically injured man appears to have been with Hassan at the time of the shooting. The three are all known to the Toronto Police.
The youngest victim, 13, remains at Sick Kids Hospital. He is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. He is speaking and responding to treatment according to Borg.
Detective Sgt. Brian Borg told reporters today that Husbands was a suspect in the crime prior to his arrest. Husbands was due in court this afternoon to face one count of First Degree murder and six counts of attempted murder. He is not being charged at this time for the injuries to a pregnant woman trampled during the chaos that followed the shooting.
Toronto Police hold press conference after arrest of man in the Eaton Centre shooting case along with Mayor Rob Ford
Mayor Rob Ford told reporters that Toronto is still the safest city in the world citing statistics when questioned on that. When asked if the city needed more youth workers Ford said that Toronto has enough youth workers.
Working Deputy Chief Jeff McGuire praised those at the scene who tended to the wounded.
The Toronto Police is asking for all witnesses to the crime to contact the police with information at 416-808-7400 or through CrimeStoppers.
Many of those at the scene fled leaving behind their belongings. Those belongings will be available Tuesday through Friday at 51 Division. More information will come on how to retrieve those items.