10 dead, 15 injured after van plows into Toronto crowd

10 dead, 15 injured after van plows into Toronto crowd

What do we know about the victims?

Alek Minassian, 25, was arrested and is set for a court appearance this morning.

Teresa Nolan, who lives nearby, walked out of the Sheppard subway station - near where the van came to a stop - shortly after the incident occurred, to "a scary scene".

Police in Canada say the death toll has risen to 10 after a van was driven into pedestrians in central Toronto.

His LinkedIn profile shows he attended Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology where classmates say he was still attending classes as recently as last week.

McCormack said the officer is believed to be in his 30s and has been with the force for more than seven years.

According to CTV, a former classmate of Minassian's said that he struggled with his mental health in the past.

"I remember seeing him probably just walking down the halls, usually by himself, or in the cafeteria by himself".

"I'm not sure if he had any very, very close friends, at least publicly", Mr Bluff said.

"I saw people go flying ... people were screaming and yelling".

A Toronto police official told the AP nine people had been killed and 16 injured.

Save for a police helicopter circling overhead, the incident brought an eerie silence to one of the city's busiest streets, which had been filled Monday afternoon with people enjoying one of the first warm and sunny days of the year after a long winter.

While police are being tight-lipped about information on the incident, witnesses said they saw tarps over four people lying on the sidewalk.

An Irish man from Co Clare who works on Yonge Street said: "We heard a lot of sirens and commotion coming from outside our office building just after we had come back from lunch. Anybody in his way he would hit", he said.

Police detained a man who allegedly drove the van.

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Footage shows Minassian repeatedly pulling something from his side and aiming it at the officer, who calmly edges towards him until they nearly come face-to-face.

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. At one point the suspect demands: "Kill me".

He was seen shouting at police: 'I have a gun in my pocket.

Mr Minassian was then taken away by police. "The only remaining option I can posit is the officer simply froze".

Was it a terrorist attack?

He seemed to be making a reference to possible terrorism.

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".

The motive for the attack was not known, police and government officials have said.

Asked if there was any evidence of a connection to global terrorism, the chief said only, "Based on what we have there's nothing ... to compromise the national security at this time".

And what about Alex Minassian?

The name of the suspect was not released.

The ISIS militant group encourages its supporters to use vehicles for attacks.

But it turned out to be the wrong guy.

"The police are conducting obviously their thorough investigation to determine what happened and why it happened, the motivations involved", Goodale said.

More details are expected later today.