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10 Dead, 15 Injured in Murderous Van Attack in Toronto; Suspect Admired Mass Murderers

A man driving a rented white Ryder van ran-over and crushed 10 people to death on a sidewalk in Toronto, Canada in what police said doesn’t seem like an ISIS-inspired terrorist attack.

Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor

Toronto, Canada (4E) – A person driving a rented white Ryder van ran-over and crushed 10 individuals to loss of life on a sidewalk in Toronto, Canada in what police stated does not appear to be an ISIS-inspired terrorist assault. Fifteen others had been injured.

The man, who was later arrested by a lone policeman after a tense stand-off, was recognized as Alek Minassian, 25, by Mark Saunders, Chief of Police of the Toronto Police Service, throughout a information convention Monday night. Minassian, who lives in Richmond Hill, a city north of Toronto, is being questioned as to the motive for the mass murders of harmless civilians.

What police do know is that Minassian appeared obsessive about mass murderers. Minassian beforehand researched and engaged in on-line discussions about Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old California man who stabbed and shot six individuals useless close to the University of California-Santa Barbara in 2014 earlier than taking his personal life. Minassian expressed admiration for Rodger, who claimed rejection by girls drove him to commit the mass murders.

Police additionally know Minassian is an app developer who created an app known as the “Toronto Green Parking Advisor” out there at no cost on Google Play. The app has been downloaded greater than 100 occasions and has a 3 star ranking on Google Play.

Based on eyewitness accounts aired by media, the grisly image seems to be one harkening again to a couple years in the past — a person “weaponizing” a motorized vehicle to kill as many individuals as potential within the title of ISIS. Minassian drove a Ryder rental truck at about 50 mph as he rammed into his hapless victims.

The lethal incident occurred on the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue space of North York in Toronto. The suspect was pursued by a lone policeman and later arrested. Video of the arrest reveals the unidentified cop pointing his pistol at Minassian and ordering the suspect to “Get down!” Instead of complying, Minassian repeatedly factors an object on the cop, and dares the policeman to shoot him within the head.

Showing heroic restraint, the unidentified policeman refuses Minassian’s want to turn into a “suicide-by-cop” sufferer and handcuffs the suspect.

Toronto Police Service Deputy Chief Peter Yuen stated police have mobilized all out there sources and that officers count on to be on the scene for quite a few days to come back. “This is going to be a long investigation,” stated Yuen. There had been quite a few witnesses and surveillance cameras within the space, he stated.

Yuen stated police had been known as to the Yonge and Finch space for a report of a crash round 1:30 p.m. after a van mounted the curb and hit pedestrians on the sidewalk earlier than being stopped by police.

“There were a lot of pedestrians out enjoying, a lot of witnesses out enjoying the sunny afternoon,” Yuen stated. Police have established two hotlines — one for victims and their households, and the opposite for witnesses to name in data associated to the incident.

Sunnybrook Hospital reported that 10 victims had been transported to its trauma centre. Three of these are useless; 4 are in important situation; two are in severe situation and one is in honest situation. The hospital’s emergency division has been locked down as a precaution.

In a press release, Ryder, the corporate from which the van was rented, stated it was cooperating absolutely with authorities.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale stated he cannot verify if the incident is being handled as a terror assault. “There is no information available to me at the present time that would indicate a change in the risk level,” stated Goodale. Canada’s risk stage stays unchanged in the meanwhile, he stated.

“My thoughts are with those affected by this incident and the frontline responders who are working to help those injured. I have offered any and all assistance that the city can provide to police to help this investigation,” stated Mayor John Tory.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed condolences as he was heading into query interval in Ottawa. He stated he was simply studying of the incident. “Our hearts exit to everybody affected. Trudeau stated he would have extra to say within the coming hours.

A witness stated he noticed at the very least 4 our bodies on the bottom and that the individuals hit included a person crossing the road and others on the sidewalk. Another stated he noticed “the crazy van, like a rental van, hitting the people … one after one,” he stated. “I’m sure it was like a terrorist attack because he drove really fast, like crazy.”

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