TORONTO – (Reuters) A white Ryder rental van killed 10 people and injured 15 when its driver plowed through a busy Toronto sidewalk on a sunny Monday afternoon, police said.
The incident occurred just before 1:30 p.m as large crowds of office workers were on lunch breaks. At least one witness described the driver as appearing to deliberately target victims on his roughly mile-long (1 rampage. The driver is now in custody.
It was not immediately clear if the incident was a deliberate act by the driver or a traffic mishap. It happened at the intersection of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue with the carnage not ending until the van reached Sheppard Avenue which is about two kilometers away.
One witness says she saw “a lot of people lying lifeless on the ground while another said he saw the van strike someone who had a stroller with them.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders identified the suspect as Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont. He also said there was nothing on Minassian in their files with a suggestion that has not been verified suggesting mental health issues were to blame.
Many national and local media aired a video it said was shot by a bystander that showed police arresting a suspect at the scene as he shouted: “Kill me” and pointed an unidentified object at an officer. The video later showed what appeared to be the same man lying down, being handcuffed.