The youngest victim of the Eaton Centre shooting was awake and alert Monday after undergoing intensive surgery.
“After complicated neurosurgery, we are happy to say that he is doing well, all things considered; he is alert and talking,” said the 13-year-old Port Hope boy’s parents in a statement. “It will be a long healing process, but we are optimistic that he will recover.”
The boy, whose name cannot be released due to a publication ban, was hit in the skull with a stray bullet during a gun attack at the mall’s food court Saturday evening that left 24-year-old Ahmed Hassan dead and six others injured. Christopher Husbands, 23, was arrested early Monday after he turned himself in to police. He faces one charge of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder after the shooting that investigators say was “personal,” not gang-related.
Toronto police say it’s a matter of “happenstance” that three men, allegedly members of the same street gang, came to be face to face in a crowded Eaton Centre food court when shots rang out Saturday evening.
Now one of them is dead, another is lying in a hospital bed with bullet wounds and a third, who was supposed to be under house arrest on another charge at the time, is accused of pulling the trigger that sparked mass panic at the downtown shopping hub.
Notes, flowers and teddy bears have been left at a memorial outside the Eaton Centre following Saturday’s shooting.
Source: The National Post
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