Multiple injuries including 10 fatalities and 15 wounded reported after several pedestrians were struck by a white van that ran up on the sidewalk. Eyewitnesses report the driver was a Middle Eastern man
Global News Toronto police said the incident happened around 1 p.m. on Monday in the area of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue.
“Reports were that a white van mounted the curb, drove down the sidewalk at southbound Yonge, south of Finch, and struck eight to 10 people possibly, the numbers aren’t confirmed yet,” Toronto police spokesperson Gary Long told Global News.
Police said between eight and 10 people have been injured. The extent of the injuries is unknown.
UPDATE: DRIVER NOW IN CUSTODY
UPDATE 2: AT least nine people are dead after being struck by a van mounting a pavement in Toronto, Canada. Cops were called to Yonge Street and Finch Avenue after a speeding white rental van hit pedestrians before fleeing the scene.
Cops have arrested the driver of the van but have not yet established a motive for the attack. (Oh, please) One eyewitness claimed the driver appeared “in control” of the vehicle as it hit pedestrians. However, it is not yet known if it was a deliberate act or a traffic mishap.
One eyewitness told CNN the driver appeared to have been targeting people. He said: “This person was intentionally doing this, he was killing everybody. He kept going, he kept going. People were getting hit, one after another.” Another said he saw people “strewn all over the road” after the Ryder rental truck mounted the pavement.
A Toronto police spokesman said: “At this point it’s too early to tell what if any motive there was. We are also unable right now to tell the extent or the number of persons injured”. Footage from bystanders show dozens of pedestrians gathering victims who were hit by the vehicle.
UPDATE 3 “Alek Minassian” is named as the suspected driver in Toronto van attack that killed 9. Minassian is a popular family name or surname in Iran.
Minassian meaning | Last name Minassian origin http://www.nameslist.org/surname/Minassian
Following is the meaning of Minassian surname. Family name Minassian is generally added after the name or middle name so also called last name.
Family Name / Last Name: Minassian No. of characters: 9 Origin: Iran Meaning: Armenian name formed with the suffix -ian (marking the descent) on Minas, personal name that seems native of leads Greek (= moon).
Minassian is used as a family name or surname in Iran languages. Minassian has 9 characters long in length.
Minassian is common in Iran country(ies).
TERROR IN TORONTO (on the scene) https://t.co/YZkDCPrus8
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