Vehicle Attack in Toronto – Nine people are dead, 16 Injured after Van Attack

Toronto Police have confirmed that nine people are dead and 16 more are are injured after a man purposely drove a rented Ryder van into pedestrians in the city’s Yonge and Finch area.

Ryder Van Attack

Police confirmed that the van has been located and the driver is in custody. Toronto hospitals have confirmed that they have received several patients from the scene.

Toronto police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray told reporters, “At this point it’s too early to tell what, if any, motive there was.” But according to independent journalist Laura Loomer, the suspect Alek Minassian, was known to police.

Minassian Was Arrested after Fleeing the Scene and Then Pulling What Looked Like a Gun on Police

Witness, Ali Shaker, who was driving near Minassian at the time, reports, “He just went on the sidewalk,” Shaker said. “He just started hitting everybody, man. He hit every single person on the sidewalk. Anybody in his way he would hit.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked about the shooting, saying, “Our hearts go out to anyone affected. We’re obviously going to have more to learn and more to say in the coming hours.”

Jonathan Dienst of NBC News reported that Minassian had researched and chatted online about the Isla Vista killings in California in 2014. The Isla Vista massacre near UC Santa Barbara was a carefully prepared killing spree perpetrated by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger using a vehicle, knives, and firearms.

1 Comment

  1. Moman
    April 27, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    i’m confused, how is it a shooting if he was driving over people instead and didn’t pull the gun until after the arrival of police?

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