Toronto van attack suspect faces 10 counts of first-degree murder

Toronto van attack suspect faces 10 counts of first-degree murder

Authorities identified the driver as Alek Minassian, who was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder.

- He may have engaged in a tense standoff with police before his arrest. "We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys!" "All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger".

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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.

He said the youngest were in their twenties and the eldest in their eighties.

Authorities had yet to release a list of victims.

Minassian, 25, was wearing a white forensic jumpsuit when he appeared in court. His next court appearance will be a bail hearing on May 10.

In 2009, Sona Minassian was quoted in a story in the Richmond Hill Liberal lamenting that her son, who suffered from a form of autism called Asperger syndrome, was at risk of losing access to a special program called Helpmate that assisted the teen to "work though his cognitive barriers and prepare him for the workplace".

Police, meanwhile, continued to gather evidence. The officer replied: "No, get down".

What is known of the suspect?

Alek Minassian was a member of the forces from August 23, 2017, until October 25, 2017, a spokeswoman with the Department of National Defence said.

- Toronto authorities said they had no previous interactions with him, but a United States law enforcement official said Minassian had been known to authorities.

But law enforcement officials will say it also takes a mix of intelligence gathering and public awareness to keep the public safe. "Then I saw he had already run over some people", the 56-year-old said.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said there was no information to change Canada's risk level and the "horrendous" events "do not appear to be connected in any way to national security".

D'Amico, 30, worked at Invesco, an investment management firm near the attack.

The family is in the midst of a three-day mourning period, said Malawi. Organizers of the Winnipeg Jets street party say that by Game 5 of the first round - which the Jets won against the Minnesota Wild - nearly 20,000 people had gathered in the street outside Bell MTS Place to cheer, watch the game on big screens and be entertained by DJs.

A South Korean news agency said two unnamed Korean nationals were also among those killed. Their names have not been disclosed. She had lived in Toronto for about 15 years, said Ahangama Rathanasiri Thero, chief monk at the Mahavihara Buddhist Meditation Centre.

How did the incident unfold?

Flowers have been laid and candles lit in tribute to those who died in the incident at Yonge Street.

No motive or reason for the incident has been identified, but witnesses report that the van was travelling with some speed.

"It was like he was playing a video game, trying to kill as many people as possible", said Panna Patel, 42, who stopped by the memorial and had been at the scene a day earlier, getting cash from an ATM.

As the van continued, the man said he sounded his horn to try to warn pedestrians. It is reported that their correspondents had seen a covered body that was carried away from the scene, personally. Debris and items of clothing were scattered across the pavements and road.

The officer has his weapon drawn and pointed at the man.

The officer did not fire a single shot despite the tense back and forth between he and the man, who claimed to have a gun "in his pocket".



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