Thursday, 21 June, 2018


Toronto police: 9 dead, 16 injured as van jumps curb

Renuka Amarasingha a single mother was confirmed by her employer the TDSB on Wednesday as having died in the attack Renuka Amarasingha a single mother was confirmed by her employer the TDSB on Wednesday as having died in the attack
Conrad Doyle | 24 April, 2018, 10:45

At least one person was struck outside on the sidewalk outside an Anglican church, about 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) north of where the van came to rest in front of a currency exchange in a condominium tower.

Afterward, Steve said he rushed into the middle of the street to tend to the injured man "to make sure no other cars struck him". It was an bad scene.

"Obviously we are just learning about the situation in Toronto".

CARYN LIEBERMAN: Of course, my pleasure.

Hours after the event there is mainly just quiet, as police begin the painstaking work of piecing together what happened on a wide stretch of road on Monday lunch hour.

LIEBERMAN: Where to begin?

Police in Canada's largest city initially said eight to 10 people had been injured but later said it was unclear exactly how many had been hurt or the extent of their injuries. So that death toll could change. I heard a big bang and the van hit a bus shelter and hit people. Are police treating it as an act of terrorism?

One eyewitness told Sky News: "We thought it was a hit and run, he kept driving and all I could see was dead bodies on the floor and as I'm driving up north (on Yonge Street) I saw more and more people lying on the ground". This person must be experiencing something, a seizure. "He just started hitting everybody, man".

Police have identified a suspect named as Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill.

"It looked like the side of the van had scraped along the side of the building", Dan Fox, a civil servant who passed the damaged van on his way to work, told The New York Times.

Witnesses shared images and videos of the aftermath on Twitter. "I saw people go flying ... people were screaming and yelling".

Here's what we know - and what we don't.

"At this point it's too early to tell what if any motive there was". We hope they don't happen anywhere in the world, but we especially don't expect them to happen in Toronto. And we are united in standing in solidarity, especially with those who have fallen victim to this bad tragedy. "Thank you to the courageous EMS and first responders who are working tirelessly to help".

"So many people just shouting, 'stop the auto, ' but he didn't". This area is filled with people now. I ask the city of Toronto to pray for the victims'. It's right outside of a subway station, so people just didn't expect this. I mean, I hate the cliche, but this is what I keep hearing. People found it hard to fathom what they were seeing before their eyes.

If you like this story, share it with a friend! We appreciate your time. CBS News first reported Minassian's identity.

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