Most Of The Victims In The Toronto Van Attack Were Women

Most Of The Victims In The Toronto Van Attack Were Women

For the fourteenth injured victim, the police are still considering the charge.

A man believed to be a relative of Mr Minassian's sat in the front row of the court and wept. Palacio said D'Amico, 30, was a friend of his daughter, and he remembers her as "a brilliant young girl" who was interested in improving society.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that while the investigation is still underway, there is no evidence to suggest there was a "national security element" to the incident.

Summary: The Toronto van driver who killed nearly a dozen pedestrians has been arrested.

But the officer didn't falter and didn't fire, even when Minassian twice made like he was quick-drawing a gun from his pocket.

Dube published a June 2016 report calling for increased police training on defusing risky situations after several high-profile deaths of people with mental illnesses who confronted officers.

How did the incident unfold?

The stretch of Yonge Street where the victims were struck remains closed to traffic and was expected to stay blocked off for several days as police continue what is likely to be a lengthy investigation.

Reza Hashemi, who owns a video shop on Yonge Street, told the BBC he heard screaming on the other side of the road. Jordan's embassy in Ottawa is in contact with Najjar's family, the agency said.

One witness told City News that the driver was "hitting anything that comes in the way". And I admit that if I had a close personal connection to one of the victims of Monday's attack, I might not appreciate a column like this one, counselling against lashing out at people who have done awful things.

DeMatos said he was driving north on Yonge when he saw the van driving fast southbound.

According to the Associated Press, the driver of the van has been brought into custody.

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What is known of the suspect?

Toronto City Councilor Cesar Palacio identified one of the victims as Anne Marie D'Amico, who worked at an investment management firm near the scene of the incident. Police said the incident during the busy lunch hour Monday appeared to be deliberate, but that they had not identified a terror link.

The student, who wished to remain anonymous, said Minassian was socially awkward, but never showed any sign that he followed an extreme belief or ideology.

Haider Firas told CBC Toronto he had a special bond with Kiumarsi, who teaches mostly chemistry courses at the university.

"I know that I speak on behalf of all of the members of city council and city staff when I say that our hearts are with all of those affected", Tory said.

A portrait of Minassian is emerging - reportedly a recent Seneca College student who had a brief stint in the military.

Lam calmly holstered his service weapon, held up his baton and handcuffed Minassian as he lay on the sidewalk. "But we don't have this constant string of mass shootings that keep happening, and then nothing changes".

DawaNet, a Canadian Muslim organization, started a GoFundMe page aiming to raise $1 million for the victims and their families. Another 15 were injured.

Van rental company Ryder System Inc confirmed that one of its vehicles was involved and said it was co-operating with authorities.

"Toronto was a great city yesterday, it is a great city today and it will be a great city tomorrow", he said.

The G7 security ministers' meeting in Toronto focused on addressing violent extremism and preventing the internet from being as a tool for training, propaganda and financing. And the important point isn't that someone driven to go on a destructive rampage of the sort that took place on Monday is obviously repellant.

"On a peaceful, sunny day in spring, we saw it marred by senseless brutality, taking the lives of 10 innocent people and sending many more to hospital", said Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.