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Toronto van: Ten dead and 15 injured as pedestrians are hit

Posted by on Apr. 23, 2018 at 10:06 PM
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Ten people have been killed and 15 injured after a man drove a van into pedestrians in Toronto, police said.

The suspect has been named by police as Alek Minassian, 25.

A man was arrested several streets away following a tense standoff with officers on the street.

Bystander videos appeared to show the driver pointing an object at the officers, who could be heard shouting at him to get down. The man was then detained without any shots being fired. 

Toronto deputy police chief Peter Yuen asked for witnesses to come forward and said there would be "a long investigation". He said separate hotlines had been set up for victims' families and for witnesses.

City police chief Mark Saunders told a news conference that the incident appeared to be deliberate but the motive was still unknown. He said Alek Minassian, from the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill, was not previously known to them.

Canadian public safety minister Ralph Goodale, in a tweet thanking the emergency services, referred to the incident as a "horrific attack".

Reza Hashemi, who owns a video shop on Yonge Street, told the BBC he heard screaming on the other side of the road.

He said the white rental van had repeatedly mounted the pavement and run into people. 

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Media captionAmbulance rushes to the scene in Toronto

Van rental company Ryder System Inc confirmed that one of its vehicles was involved and said it was co-operating with authorities.

The incident occurred at Yonge Street and Finch Avenue at 13:30 local time (17:30 GMT) on Monday. The crime scene encompassed a 2km (1.24 mile) stretch of Yonge Street.

Police inspect a van suspected of being involved in fatal collision in Toronto on April 23, 2018Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe damaged rental van was sealed off by police

About 18 miles (30km) away in the city centre, foreign ministers of the G7 leading industrialised nations - Canada, the US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan - were holding meetings. 

Pictures apparently taken at the scene showed armed police and paramedics treating the injured. One orange bag, which appeared to contain a body, was loaded on to an ambulance. 

Toronto police spokeswoman Jenifferjit Sidhu told CBC News that the vehicle was stopped by police. 


Residents left in shock

Jessica Murphy, BBC News, Toronto

A long stretch of Yonge Street in Toronto's North York is cordoned off with yellow police tape for what police say will be a complex investigation.

There are multiple sites where people were hit. At one intersection, debris and a lone shoe mark the spot of one fatality. 

In the aftermath, people who would usually be running errands or heading back to surrounding office towers and condominiums reacted with shock at what happened, sharing what they had seen or heard, even though reasons behind the incident remain unclear. 

Hours after the event there is mainly just quiet, as police begin the painstaking work of piecing together what happened on a wide stretch of road on Monday lunch hour. 


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted from Ottawa: "Our thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible incident at Yonge and Finch in Toronto." 

"Thank you to the first responders working at the scene - we're monitoring the situation closely."

One witness told City News that the driver was "hitting anything that comes in the way".

"People, fire hydrants, there's mail boxes being run over," said the unnamed man, who said he was driving behind the van during the incident.

As the van continued, the man said he sounded his horn to try to warn pedestrians. "I witnessed at least six, seven people being hit and flying in the air, like killed, on the street," he said.

Bystanders tried to help emergency responders treat the injured victimsImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionBystanders tried to help emergency responders treat the injured victims

Toronto Mayor John Tory called it "a very tragic incident" that was "not representative of how we live or who we are". He said he had "offered any and all assistance that the city can provide to the police to help this investigation".

The US and Europe have seen an increase in driving attacks in recent years. In October 2017, a man in New York drove a van down a bicycle path, killing eight people.


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nb34
by Platinum Member on Apr. 23, 2018 at 10:08 PM

I am not sure if this is already posted or not.

My hearts goes out to the victims, it was a horrific day in Toronto.

romalove
by Roma on Apr. 23, 2018 at 10:10 PM
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What a horrific story. I am so sorry for all affected.
nb34
by Platinum Member on Apr. 23, 2018 at 10:17 PM

What we know about Alek Minassian, alleged driver in deadly Toronto van attack

Police say Alek Minassian, 25, was arrested at the scene along Toronto's busy Yonge Street

The suspect in the Toronto van attack that killed ten people and injured 15 others on Monday is a 25-year-old man named Alek Minassian from the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill. (Alek Minassian/LinkedIn)

Police have identified the suspect in a deadly van attack in Toronto as Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old man from Richmond Hill, Ont., a suburb north of the city.

Ten people were killed and 15 injured on Monday afternoon after a rented white Ryder van jumped a curb and plowed into pedestrians along a stretch of Toronto's busy Yonge Street.

A profile on social networking site LinkedIn identifies Minassian as a student at Seneca College in North York, the northern Toronto neighbourhood where the attack took place.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told reporters that while the day's events were "horrendous," they do not appear to represent a larger threat to national security.

At a news conference Monday night, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders declined to provide a motive, saying officials were still investigating. But he said the driver's actions "definitely looked deliberate."

Police are seen near a damaged van believed to be the vehicle that crashed into a number of pedestrians on busy Yonge Street in the north of the city/ (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Canadian Press)

Yet one possible explanation has emerged online that suggests Minassian was angry over being rebuffed by women.

An apparent Facebook post by a man with the same name and photo as Minassian's LinkedIn profile refers to the "Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger," a 22-year-old responsible for a deadly rampage in  Isla Vista, Calif., that left six people dead and a dozen more injured.

In a video posted ahead of that 2014 attack, Rodger raged about a number of women turning down his advances, rendering him an "incel," or involuntarily celibate. Rodger referred to the men who always seemed to win with women as "Chads" and the women who turned men down as "Stacys."

The apparent posting by Minassian says the "incel rebellion has already begun. We will overthrow all the Chads and the Stacys." 

CBC News has not been able to independently verify the post as having been written by Minassian.

Watch takedown of person believed to be suspect in Toronto van incident
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"Kill me," the man can be heard yelling as Toronto police arrested him 1:29

Cellphone video posted to social media on Monday afternoon shows a man stepping out of a white van, stopped on a sidewalk with its front crumpled, and into the line of fire a police officer who has his weapon drawn. He can be heard yelling "Kill me" and gesturing at the officer to shoot him.

Saunders also said Monday night that no gun was found on the driver at the time of the arrest and that Minassian was not previously known to Toronto police.

How the first hours after attack unfolded

With files from Diana Swain

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Apr. 23, 2018 at 10:36 PM

That is all kinds of messed up.

Unfortunately its the world we live in.  Countries are adapting but you cannot and will not ever stop lone murderers from causing death and destruction.

For that to happen someone has to invent a hat that reads the minds of people.

nb34
by Platinum Member on Apr. 24, 2018 at 7:30 AM

From the updates I read this morning the guy had autism and serious social interaction issues. It's seriously messed up.

Quoting turtle68:

That is all kinds of messed up.

Unfortunately its the world we live in.  Countries are adapting but you cannot and will not ever stop lone murderers from causing death and destruction.

For that to happen someone has to invent a hat that reads the minds of people.


turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Apr. 24, 2018 at 8:29 AM

sad...that he didnt get the help he needed.  Not every person can be saved...still its sad, I dont even think people with these types of mental illness are even capable of knowing they had caused death.


Quoting nb34:

From the updates I read this morning the guy had autism and serious social interaction issues. It's seriously messed up.

Quoting turtle68:

That is all kinds of messed up.

Unfortunately its the world we live in.  Countries are adapting but you cannot and will not ever stop lone murderers from causing death and destruction.

For that to happen someone has to invent a hat that reads the minds of people.


billsfan1104
by Emerald Member on Apr. 24, 2018 at 8:35 AM
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So how come this mentally ill guy is different than the one that shot up the school in Florida?
It’s weird how they are feeling sorry for this guy and he killed several people with a van.
turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Apr. 24, 2018 at 8:44 AM

Who is feeling sorry for this guy and didnt for the florida guy?

Quoting billsfan1104: So how come this mentally ill guy is different than the one that shot up the school in Florida? It’s weird how they are feeling sorry for this guy and he killed several people with a van.


nb34
by Platinum Member on Apr. 24, 2018 at 9:02 AM

Who is feeling sorry for this guy? I don't see anyone feeling sorry for him.

Quoting billsfan1104: So how come this mentally ill guy is different than the one that shot up the school in Florida? It’s weird how they are feeling sorry for this guy and he killed several people with a van.


kit_manson
by Bronze Member on Apr. 24, 2018 at 9:27 AM
I am not far away. Glad my family is safe. Sad for those who aren’t. Something really needs to be done about these young men thinking the world owes them sex...
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