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Eaton Centre shooting suspect faces another murder charge after 2nd victim dies

TORONTO - The man accused in a shooting rampage at Toronto's Eaton Centre now faces a second murder charge.

Police have amended the charges against 23-year-old Christopher Husbands after the death of a second victim.

Police say Husbands is due in court this afternoon on two counts of first-degree murder, five counts of attempted murder and one of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

Twenty-two-year-old Nixon Nirmalendran, of Toronto, died Monday.

Nirmalendran had not been identified in previous news reports because of a court-ordered publication ban on the identification of victims and witnesses to the shootings. However, the ban does not apply to deceased victims.

Nirmalendran was among six people wounded in the June 2 shooting which took place in the food court of the multi-level shopping mall. The incident also killed Ahmed Hassan, 24, who died of gunshot wounds at the scene.

Police have said their investigation suggests the shooting was a targeted one.

Officials had said earlier that Husbands, Hassan and Nirmalendran all belonged to the same gang.

But police have also said they believe the shooting was the result of a personal dispute and was not gang-motivated.

Husbands was under house arrest for a previous charge at the time of the shootings, police said.

The incident sparked mass panic at the centre packed with Saturday shoppers and a widespread manhunt for the shooter. Husbands turned himself in to police two days later.

Investigators are still asking anyone with information on the shooting who hasn't already contacted police to do so.

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