Eli Ridder | Report
A man driving a white van struck several people in Willowdale on Monday, killing ten and injuring 15.
Toronto Police anticipates “that investigators will be on scene for several days” with available police resources deployed to the scene and to maintain continuity of police services across the city.
Officers were called to the area shortly before 1:30 p.m. at Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area where the van reportedly hopped the curb before striking several pedestrians on the sidewalk.
Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital said that two people were dead upon arrival to the trauma centre, and most recently reported that 15th victim has died in hospital, with all those admitted adults.
Canada’s terror threat level has not changed and although the RCMP has been looped in, the incident is not yet being treated as a national security investigation.
In a statement, Ryder, the company from which the van was rented, said it was co-operating fully with authorities.
The van was located and stopped and the suspect brought into custody.
The suspect was identified by police as Alek Minassian, 25, an Armenian student at Seneca College from Richmond Hill, a city just 14km north of Finch subway station.
A video posted to social media purportedly shows the suspect’s arrest.
Toronto is Canada’s largest city and the financial capital of the country.
Monday was one of the first warm days the city has experienced yet this year and many were outside enjoying the spring weather.
Monday’s incident was the worst mass murder in Canadian history, taking one more life than a 1989 mass shooting at a Montreal engineering school.
Subway service on TTC’s Line 1 has resumed after being suspended between Sheppard-Yonge and Finch Stations due to the incident. However, trains will bypass North York Centre station, one stop south of Finch, for Toronto Police’s investigation.
Yonge Street has been closed in between Cummer Avenue and Highway 401 for the investigation.
More details to follow. Image of the scene from Eli Ridder/The Avro Post.