No Malaysian involved so far in Toronto's terror van incident

27 April, 2018, 00:57 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Emergency crews at the scene after several pedestrians were struck by a white van at Yonge and Finch. Courtesy Dave Diamond

Police arrested the suspect at the scene and identified him as Alek Minassian.

Toronto authorities said details on charges against Minassian would be made public when he appeared in court Tuesday.

A 14th attempted murder charge was expected, police said.

Jungho Jung, the translator, said consular staff were still trying to reach family members of the victims.

The next hearing was scheduled for May 10.

In the meantime, officials are attempting to piece together the planning and motives of a suspect who was not previously on any law enforcement watch lists.

One witness told City News that the driver was "hitting anything that comes in the way".

Mr Minassian's court appearance came shortly after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed reporters in the city, calling the incident a "senseless attack and a horrific tragedy".

Sunnybrook Hospital, which did not release D'Amico's name, said it would not be releasing the name of a second person that arrived at the facility without vital signs and was declared dead.

Those in the typically bustling neighbourhood where the attack took place said they were struggling to make sense of the violence.

Canada's defense minister confirmed Tuesday that Minassian was a member of the country's armed forces for two months beginning in August 2017.

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One of those who came to lay a flower, Dave Spence, said residents would "walk a little differently" when they came through the area "for years to come".

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Facebook issued a statement expressing condolences to Minassian's victims.

Mr Minassian's Facebook post, which the social network has confirmed as real, praised Elliott Rodger, a 22 year old from California who killed six people in a shooting rampage through Isla Vista, California in 2014 before turning the gun on himself. Tonight we celebrated Mass for all who have died.

The post on Minassian's Facebook account contained references to this online subculture. "Our hearts are will all of those affected".

"The accused is alleged to have posted a cryptic message on Facebook minutes before he began driving the rented van", Gibson said at a news conference. The Washington Post could not ascertain the exact timing of the post - or whether it was published when the suspect had access to his account. Police said he stabbed to death three roommates at his apartment.

Tennis Canada said long-time volunteer Anne Marie D'Amico was among those killed.

- Minassian, 25, is from the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill, police said.

"Shoot me in the head", he's heard telling the officer. "The events that happened on the street behind us are horrendous, but they do not appear to be connected in any way to national security based on the information at this time".

"All the lanes are open with this investigation", said Police Chief Mark Saunders.

Vehicle attacks have been carried out to deadly effect by extremists in a number of capitals and major cities, including London, Paris, New York and Nice.

Claire Hurley, who was making her own floral contribution to the makeshift memorial, said the fatal attack was hard to reconcile with the safe community she's come to know.

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"I love you Dorothy Sewell". "Many times our officers are dealing with people in situations that's resolved in a peaceful way". He said the driver was traveling at an estimated 35 to 45 miles per hour. He later managed to arrest the man without further incident. In the first one, Sharif, a Somali refugee, is alleged to have rammed into a police officer who was at a police roadblock near a sports event. A few hours later, the same man is alleged to have rammed into four pedestrians with a rental van. Ten people were killed, and 14 people were injured.


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