A body lies covered on the sidewalk in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk and crashed into a number of pedestrians on April 23, 2018. Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP. A van jumped onto a sidewalk Monday from a busy intersection in ...
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A body lies covered on the sidewalk in Toronto after a van mounted a sidewalk and crashed into a number of pedestrians on April 23, 2018.
Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via APA van jumped onto a sidewalk Monday from a busy intersection in Toronto and struck a crowd of pedestrians.
10 people were killed and 15 were injured, some in critical condition.
The suspect, who has been identified as 25-year-old Alek Minassian, has been arrested.
The attack appears to have been deliberate.
A van jumped onto a sidewalk Monday from a busy intersection in Toronto and struck a crowd of pedestrians before it was found and the driver taken into custody, Canadian police said.
Toronto police confirmed 10 people had been killed and 15 injured.
Police have arrested 25-year-old Alek Minassian from Richmond Hill, Ontario. He was taken into custody "without incident," though there appeared to be a short stand-off with a lone police officer.
In a news conference on Monday evening, Toronto Police Service chief Mark Saunders indicated the crash wasn't an accident.
"The incident definitely looked deliberate," Saunders said.
A witness, Phil Zullo, told The Canadian Press that he saw police arresting a man who had been driving a Ryder rental truck and saw people "strewn all over the road" where the incident occurred.
"It must have seen about five, six people being resuscitated by bystanders and by ambulance drivers," Zullo said. "It was awful. Brutal."
The incident occurred as Cabinet ministers from the major industrial countries were gathered in Canada to discuss a range of international issues in the run-up to the G7 meeting near Quebec City in June.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his sympathies for those involved.
"It was with great sadness that I heard about the tragic and senseless attack that took place in Toronto this afternoon. On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed, and my thoughts for a fast and full recovery to those injured," Trudeau said in a statement.
"I thank the first responders at the scene who managed this extremely difficult situation with courage and professionalism. They faced danger without hesitation, and their efforts no doubt saved lives and prevented further injuries," he said.
US Vice President Mike Pence tweeted that he and President Donald Trump are "closely monitoring the attack."
"We are with the Canadian people tonight as they grieve the loss of life & injured. The American people stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our neighbors in Canada," Pence said.
Toronto police tweeted that Minassian will appear in court at 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday, at which point information on his charges will be released.
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