A security guard who worked at the same Thorncliffe apartment block where the Danforth shooter resided says he and his colleague were the targets of death threats from the shooter on July 5th, just two weeks before Faisal Hussain opened fire on innocent civilians in downtown Toronto.
The security guard, who also says Hussain was a lookout for the notorious Thorncliffe Park Kings street gang, claims Hussain threatened to slit his throat after a brief altercation.
An incident report was filed through Regal Security, the guard’s employer, but no follow-up occurred. The police were notified that night, the guard says, but when one officer arrived later that evening, the guard was told there were no police resources available.
These new details are part of an emerging picture of the shooter, whose gang affiliation appears to partially explain how he was able to secure a firearm, in spite of his alleged mental health issues.
The Thorncliffe Park Kings, or TPK, are mostly comprised of gang members with backgrounds from Afghanistan and Pakistan, and a police source said there is an element within the gang that sympathizes with radical Islamic views.
The police source also told The Nectarine that Hussain would often be seen sitting near the front entrance of 43 Thorncliffe Park Drive with his cell phone in his hand. He says that when police or security staff would drive in, Hussain would make a quick phone call while pacing. The guard says this indicated to him that he was notifying TPK gang members of cars pulling in the complex.
The gang would often loiter in the lot behind the buildings.
“He used to talk to me about Islam, and the Prophet Mohammed, but he did not openly talk about jihad or hating the West,” said the security guard.
The guard also said the Thorncliffe complex was known to have incidents inspired by the orthodox Islamic beliefs of some of the residents. The Nectarine received an email of an incident report from 35 Thorncliffe Park Drive, one of 4 buildings in what is known as the Rideau Towers, where guards noticed a resident yelling at two couples from his balcony. The couples were kissing when the resident allegedly shouted “This area belongs to Muslims and this area is the Muslim area! This [sic] types of things are not allowed!”
The guard says the complex has a history of racial issues, often stemming from strict Islamic beliefs.