We’re learning more about the man gunned down by Vancouver Police after a brutal stabbing spree that left an employee and police officer with serious injuries, and saw an 82-year-old man taken hostage at an East Vancouver Canadian Tire store last Thursday.
38-year-old Daniel Peter Rintoul hailed from Calgary and was well-known for practicing Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa.
It’s a spiritual movement and Buddha school practice rooted in the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance.
Joel Chipkar, spokesperson for the Falun Dafa Association, says Rintoul hasn’t had any contact with the community in over a decade.
He confirms that Rintoul did travel to China in 2002 to fight against the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners where the practice is banned.
But Chipkar says Rintoul was discouraged from continuing the practice due to mental health issues shortly after.
The Independent Investigations Office has called a news conference for 11 a.m. Tuesday to appeal for witnesses in the case to come forward.