Toronto attack: Victims were 'predominantly women', accused said to be 'frustrated'

27 April, 2018, 00:37 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • TORONTO PEDESTRIANS STRUCK

Police arrested the suspect at the scene and identified him as Alek Minassian.

Canadian police sought a motive Tuesday for a van attack on a bustling downtown Toronto street that left at least 10 pedestrians dead.

- Minassian was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.

The next hearing was scheduled for May 10.

Lam calmly holstered his service weapon, held up his baton and handcuffed Minassian as he lay on the sidewalk.

Although police say Monday's rampage does not appear linked to worldwide terrorism, the use of a vehicle to kill mirrored tactics used by terrorists in France, Germany, Spain, New York City and elsewhere.

There has been a string of deadly vehicle attacks in the United States and Europe, including an October 31 attack in NY that killed eight.

Earlier this year, the Toronto Police Services Board passed a motion to provide hundreds of officers stun guns instead of guns.

Gibson also made note of a largely incoherent, widely circulated Facebook post on Minassian's account.

Ali Shaker, who was driving near the van at the time, told Canadian broadcast outlet CP24 that the driver appeared to be moving deliberately through the crowd at more than 30 miles per hour. Rodger's online history indicated he may have identified himself as an "incel", or an involuntary celibate, and of the anti-feminist "manosphere".

It read: "The Incel Rebellion has already begun!" We will overthow all the Chads and Stacys! "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those affected, and we wish a full recovery to those injured".

McCormack disagreed. "People are right", he said at a news conference.




The suspect's name has appeared in various news sources, but has not been officially released by police.

"He reacted to what he was seeing, what his training taught him, and we're extremely proud of him". But a police spokesman declined to discuss it further, saying only: "Everything is on the table".

She has been identified as Anne-Marie D'Amico, who worked for the United States investment company, Invesco, CBC reports.

The president of Invesco Canada says one of the financial company's employees was among those killed in when a van plowed into pedestrians in Toronto.

Police say charges against Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., will be revealed at that time.

"I must have seen about five, six people being resuscitated by bystanders and by ambulance drivers", Zullo told the news agency.

Canada's minister of public safety says it's too soon to say whether the crash of a van into pedestrians in Toronto is a case of worldwide terrorism.

The prime minister said the incident had not changed the country's threat level or security preparations for a G7 summit in Quebec in June.

Video broadcast on several Canadian outlets showed police arresting the driver, dressed in dark clothes, after officers surrounded him and his rental Ryder van several blocks from where the incident occurred in the North York neighborhood of northern Toronto. "We are reaching out to her loved ones to support them in any way possible", said John Malloy, TDSB director of education.

When we come together Sunday night at a vigil just metres from where many were senselessly struck down, we will mourn these neighbours we are only now coming to know: Their bright smiles captured in photos, the snatches of memories we've heard from their friends, the parts they played in the mosaic that we prize.

An 80-year-old grandmother who loved Toronto sports teams almost as much as her own family and a "brilliant" young woman who volunteered to build houses in the Dominican Republic were among the 10 people killed when a van plowed down a Toronto pavement. He said he was stunned to see what was unfolding before him and described the scene as being "just like a movie". "It shows that something like this could happen at the hands of one person, but so many more stand against it and show their humanity".

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