VAN AT 70MPH MOWS DOWN 10 DEAD INJURES 15 IN TORONTO
AT LEAST ten people have been killed and another 15 injured after a van mounted a pavement in Toronto, Canada.
Eyewitnesses likened the attack to “a war zone” after a speeding white rental van ploughed into pedestrians for up to a mile along the busy north-central street.
Eyewitnesses spoke of their horror as elderly residents and a woman with a baby stroller were thrown into the air by the speeding vehicle just before 1:30pm local time (18:30 GMT).
Cops arrested Alek Minassian, 25, several blocks from the incident along Yonge Street and Finch Avenue after a furious stand-off which saw him wrestled and pinned against a police car.
SCENES AT THE POINT OF IMPACT
Footage of the arrest shows the suspect telling police to shoot him yelling: “Kill me. I have a gun in my pocket. Shoot me in the head.”
One eyewitness told CNN the driver appeared to have been targeting people.
FACTS so far:
- At least ten people have died and 16 were left injured after a van mounted a pavement in Toronto, Canada at 1:30pm local time
- The white Ryder rental van drove into pedestrians for up to a mile reaching speeds of up to 70mph
- Suspect Alek Minassian, 25, was arrested and remains in custody
- Footage of the arrest shows the suspect telling police to “shoot me in the head”
- Eyewitnesses say “a young girl and a woman with a baby stroller” were thrown into the air
- G7 ministers met in Toronto to discuss terrorism and cyber security
- He said: “This person was intentionally doing this, he was killing everybody. He kept going, he kept going. People were getting hit, one after another.”
Another said he saw people “strewn all over the road” after the Ryder rental truck mounted the pavement.
Others claimed the driver appeared “in control” of the vehicle as it hit pedestrians.
According to reports in Toronto Paramedics confirmed nine people had died as a result of the attack.
Cops have not yet established a motive for the attack.
Toronto police spokesperson said: “At this point it’s too early to tell if any motive was behind this. We are also unable right now to tell the extent or the number of persons injured”.
Footage from bystanders show dozens of pedestrians gathering victims who were hit by the vehicle.
Buildings and workplaces in the surrounding area have been put on lockdown while nearby subway stations were closed.
Cops have since cordoned off the southbound lanes of Yonge Street and have urged locals to avoid the area.
According to CBC one eyewitness said he had seen at least four bodies lying covered on the ground.
One eyewitness told a local reporter “He was in control of what he was doing, he knew what he was doing from what I can reall. I was in shock but from he meant do all what he did,