At just 22 years of age, Nixon Nirmalendran died
as the result of a shooting rampage by 23-year-old Christopher Husbands in the tourist attraction's busy food court.
Note: This is a breaking story and more details may emerge soon.
Another young man, 24-year-old Ahmed Hassan
, the primary target of Husband's gunfire, died instantly at the scene. According to police, Hassan's shooting was for 'personal reasons,' and not gang-related.
Husbands, Hassan, and Nirmalendran are all thought to belong to the same gang
in the Regent Park area of Toronto.
In total, seven people were shot during the attack, including a 13-year-old boy who required neurosurgery to remove a bullet from his head. He was released from hospital today. An eighth victim, a pregnant woman, was injured by the panicked crowd.
Husbands was on house arrest at the time for a 2010 sexual assault charge. His court date for that charge will be held June 25.
Two months ago, he was stabbed
more than 20 times by six people. It is alleged that Hassan participated in the attack.
When Husbands turned himself in to police 52 Division on June 4, he was charged with one count of first degree murder and six counts of attempted murder. This, of course, will change in light of today's development. Husbands' court appearance for the Eaton Centre shootings is set for August 15.