Toronto Van Attack: Suspect Quizzed After 10 Pedestrians Killed

Apr 24, 2018

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) identified the suspect as Alek Minassian, 25, without identifying its source for that information. As the suspect shouted “kill me”, the officer replied, “no, get down”.

He was read the charges and ordered to have no contact with surviving victims.

The suspect is scheduled to appear in court at 10am local time on Tuesday.

A man believed to be a relative of Mr Minassian’s sat in the front row of the court and wept.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commented on the incident and offered his condolences to families of the victims.

Video broadcast on CBC News showed a man pointing what appeared to be a gun at officers and shouting “kill me”. The officer, still facing the suspect on his own, handcuffed the man against the pavement.

In September, a Somali refugee was charged with attempted murder over allegations he ran down four pedestrians with a vehicle and stabbed a police officer outside a sports stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.

How did the incident unfold?

A van struck several pedestrians at an intersection in Toronto’s North York neighborhood on Monday.

One witness, who was driving at the time, said he at first thought the driver was having a heart attack until he saw the white van speeding and striking people on the sidewalk.

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

The suspect had been involved in an online discussion about Elliot Rodger, the man accused of carrying out a 2014 shooting rampage near Santa Barbara, California, that killed six people, the law enforcement officials said. The street was soon covered in blood, empty shoes and bodies.

Amateur video has been posted showing the scene as the arrest took place, from perhaps 50 metres away.

What is known of the suspect?

“The incident definitely looked deliberate”, Police Chief Mark Saunders said.

Officers weren’t calling the incident a terror assault at this stage, Canada’s minister of public security and emergency preparedness Ralph Goodale stated. She said Minassian was part of a program at Thornlea Secondary School, in Toronto’s northern suburbs, for high school students with special needs, attending a mix of mainstream and separate classes.

D’Amico’s colleague at Invesco, Jon Tam, said she was “full of life, loved to travel, loved to help volunteer”.

“You feel for this community considering that you live here, you shop here, you laugh with the people here, you go out here”, said neighbourhood resident Don-Antonio Andrew.

Former Toronto homicide detective Michael Davis, who heads the security agency Michael A Davis Investigations, said: “He showed tremendous restraint”.

About a block up, he saw a woman who looked like she had died. He said 15 others were hospitalised.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in a statement Monday night that the US stands with the Canadian people “in the aftermath of today’s tragic event in Toronto”. Following talks with her G7 counterparts, Freeland affirmed an organized effort to respond to foreign meddling and the spreading of false information – mainly by Russian Federation. “The work of the ministers obviously goes on”.

“Horrible day in Toronto”, he posted earlier on Twitter.

Toronto Mayor John Tory echoed that call and said the city will recover from Monday’s attack.

Claire Hurley, who was making her own floral contribution to the memorial, said the fatal attack was hard to reconcile with the safe community she’s come to know. “We need to identify whether there are more people he was working in concert with or if this is a lone act”.

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