TORONTO — Ten people are dead and 15 others are injured after a van driver plowed into a number of pedestrians during lunch hour on Monday in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue in Toronto.
Authorities said the van has been found and the driver in custody.
This video shows the police standoff with the suspect after his 1.6 km rampage along Yonge Street.
Police confirmed that Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., man, is the alleged driver in the attack. He is due to appear in court today.
At least one witness described the driver as appearing to deliberately target victims, according to media reports.
At this time, police said they did not yet know the cause or any possible motive
A somber mood fell over the city after the carnage. Torontonians milled about, quietly taking photos and watching the scene before them.
Police have cordoned off the streets and emergency responders were on site…
One dead body covered in a white blanket lay on the ground right outside a restaurant just at the corner of Yonge and Finch.
A few blocks down, another body covered in a white blanket lay dead.
First of 10 victims of the attack ID’d as Anne Marie D’Amico.
Torontonians were shocked to find out that this is happening in their own neighborhood.
Mustafa Poorhashema said he was in class when he found out about the news.
“Actually, I feel sad like, what just happened is really un-human..doing these kinds of things for no reason. I just heard when I was in class and they said no one can go outside this school and one of my tests was actually canceled. Well, the first thing I did, I called my mom and I asked her not to go out at all..”
Other Kakabayans had a delayed commute or missed work.
“I was taking the bus all the way from Finch station so I walked from here and then came over here and saw these people lying on the ground. Shocked..overwhelmed…hindi mo alam kung anong nangyayari..yeah it’s kind of terrible to see that something like this is happening in our neighborhood..I don’t know what this world is coming to right now,” said Racheal Martin.
“I’m so scared that this might be a terrorist attack but they are not sure yet what happened..I just finished my school and then I have to go to my work at Sheppard but it’s closed so I called my employer that I won’t report to work today,” said Wilma Merza.
Toronto is mourning. A group of people have started writing on white bristol boards on the streets to share their thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families.
“I hope that we will as a city remind ourselves of the fact that we are admired around the world for being inclusive and for being accepting and understanding and considerate, and that we are united in standing in solidarity especially with those who have fallen victim to this terrible tragedy today,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent his condolences.
“It was with great sadness that I heard about the tragic and senseless attack that took place in Toronto this afternoon. On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed, and my thoughts for a fast and full recovery to those injured.”
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