Ten people killed in Toronto van attack

A white van collided with numerous pedestrians in Toronto Canada

A white van collided with numerous pedestrians in Toronto Canada

The lights atop the world famous tower in midtown Manhattan were darkened on Tuesday night.

The man identified as the van driver who traumatized Toronto was a socially troubled computer studies graduate who briefly joined Canada's military a year ago and posted a hostile message toward women on Facebook moments before his deadly rampage, according to accounts by police and his acquaintances on Tuesday. The suspect eventually surrendered his weapon and was taken into custody.

A memorial is growing outside the scene of the Toronto van attack that claimed the lives of 10 people and injured 14 others.

In October, a man stabbed a police officer in the western city of Edmonton before slamming his van into a group of pedestrians, hurting four people.

"I stood outside the trauma room as the first patients arrived and I was thinking how calm things were because people were focused on what they do every day", he said. Although police say Monday's rampage does not appear linked to global terrorism, the use of a vehicle to kill mirrored tactics used by terrorists in France, Germany, Spain, New York City and elsewhere.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders also has released the name of the purported driver detained after Monday's incident.

A mourner visits a makeshift memorial April 24, one day after a van struck multiple people along a major street in Toronto.

Minassian's Facebook account has been suspended, but the company confirmed in an email the authenticity of the posting.

At 1:52 pm, a man was arrested near where the van had been left, with its front bumper dented. The man is yelling and extending one arm, pointing an object at an officer standing behind a black auto. The driver was shot dead by police when he attacked them with a knife.

News Agency Reuters reports that according to witnesses and hospital staff, at the scene of the accident died all the same 2 people.

Two other classmates said they attended classes for students with special needs alongside Minassian. The officer slowly steps toward him and yells "Get down, get down!"

The suspect warns he has a gun in his pocket.

The Canadian media cited one possible clue to his motive: a Facebook post by Miniassian shortly before the incident that referenced an "incel rebellion", a shorthand used in some online message boards for "involuntary celibacy".

"We were fortunate with the time of when this happened (early afternoon) because we had a lot of people in-house, so we were able to manage at least the first phase without additional resources", Cass said.

"They knew I was innocent, but feared the negative backlash", he said.

"I thank the first responders at the scene who managed this extremely hard situation with courage and professionalism".

Speaking at Parliament Hill on Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the incident "horrific" and "senseless".

"We should all feel safe walking in our cities and communities", he said. "We are monitoring this situation closely, and will continue working with our law enforcement partners around the country to ensure the safety and security of all Canadians".

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