TORONTO – A 31-year-old nursing student is one of the 15 victims of the mass shooting in Toronto last July 22.
Danielle Kane, or “Dani,” was dining out with her boyfriend Jerry Pinksen to celebrate a birthday at 7Numbers restaurant on Danforth Avenue, when they heard shots fired.
Pinksen, who is an ER nurse himself, rushed outside to help when they heard a woman had been injured.
Little did he know that Kane followed.
According to Pinksen, Kane was shot just as she was coming outside to help. The bullet hit her spinal cord and punctured her stomach and diaphragm.
Kane’s cousin, Byron Abalos, said she is stable but still in critical condition.
“She’s still at the ICU at St. Mike’s Hospital. On Friday, she had her fourth surgery. She’s heavily sedated right now, in a lot of pain and it’s been tough. But every day she’s getting stronger and they’re hoping that sometime in the coming week, she’ll be able to talk,” said Abalos.
The gunman, 29-year-old Faisal Hussain, opened fire into several restaurants and businesses on the busy Toronto street.
Hussain then exchanged gunfire with police officers before fatally shooting himself in the head, according to a police source.
Following his shooting rampage, Hussain’s family released a statement saying he suffered from mental health problems for much of his life.
Police are investigating where he might have obtained his weapon.
While investigation is underway, Toronto is mourning and many are still shocked by the incident.
The #DaniStrong GoFundMe page has been receiving an outpour of support.
The crowdfunding was launched to help cover the costs of her recovery, to find new housing to accommodate her condition, and months if not years of rehabilitation and specialized care.
“People donate $5, people are donating $1,000 and so many people are sharing her story and leaving messages of support and that means so much to us, our family, her partner. It’s really giving us the strength and a purpose to keep going and making sure that we can give Danielle the fullest life possible and that she returns to her old self,” said Abalos.
Reese Fallon, 18, of Toronto, and Julianna Kozis, 10, of Markham both died while 13 others were wounded in the mass shooting.
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