The family of the suspect in the deadly Toronto mass shooting says he suffered from severe mental health problems, but relatives "could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end."

Faisal Hussain's family expressed condolences in a statement today.

It said the family was "utterly devastated by the incomprehensible news" that the 29-year-old was responsible for the rampage.

The attacker fired into restaurants and cafes in a lively neighbourhood yesterday, killing a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman and wounding 13 other people.

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He died in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Hussain's family says he struggled with psychosis and depression throughout his life, and medications and therapy didn't work to treat him.

The relatives say their "hearts are in pieces for the victims."

The Ontario police Special Investigations Unit released the gunman's name.

The attacker used a handgun.

Police haven't disclosed his motive. Police chief Mark Saunders said that investigators didn't know it yet.

The rampage came just three months after a van struck and killed 10 people in Toronto in an apparent attack directed toward women.

- AP

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