Toronto Van Attack: At least ten people were killed, and 15 were injured when the van ploughed into the crowd of pedestrians on a sidewalk in Toronto on Monday Afternoon. Regarding the accident, Toronto Mayor John Tory said,
“I hope that we will, as a city, remind ourselves of the fact that we are admired around the world for being inclusive and for being accepting and understanding and considerate, and that we are united in standing in solidarity, especially with those who have fallen victim to this terrible tragedy today.”
On Monday evening, Toronto Police Service Chief Mark Saunders said nearly ten people were killed when the vehicle ploughed into the sidewalk. Further, he added 15 people were injured.
Ten people were taken to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where two victims were pronounced dead upon arrival. 5 People remain in critical condition, two people remain in serious condition, and one is in fair condition.
We have received a total of 10 victims from the incident today at Yonge & Finch:
– unfortunately, 2 patients arrived vital signs absent and were pronounced dead upon arrival
– 5 in critical condition
– 2 in serious condition
– 1 in fair condition: https://t.co/4dG1Pk5Unf
— Sunnybrook Hospital (@Sunnybrook) April 23, 2018
The driver who drove the van is identified as Alek Minassian, and he was taken into the custody by the Toronto Police.
The van involved in multiple pedestrians stuck in the Yonge and Finch area of Toronto has been located and the driver arrested. ^sm
— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) April 23, 2018
Toronto Police Cheif, Saunders said “the attack was deliberate”, and authorities have not yet determined the motive behind the accident.
World Leaders Condemned the Toronto Van Attack
On Twitter, several world leaders had sent their sympathy and sadness to the victim’s families. Moreover, people around the world had expressed their sympathy on social media with the hashtag #TorontoAttack and #TorontoStrong.
I would like to express my tremendous sympathy and sadness at the tragic event in the vicinity of Yonge and Finch, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. #Toronto
— Chrystia Freeland (@cafreeland) April 23, 2018
To our city, our people and all those affected by today’s tragic events, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 23, 2018
Our prayers are with the victims of today's horrific van attack in Toronto. We extend our deepest condolences to their families and loved ones.
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 23, 2018
In the coming days, we will hear more and more about the everyday people who tried to help the victims – and, in many cases, did. These are the people we need to rally around – and thank. They're the ones that truly represent #torontostrong
— Mike Zeisberger (@Zeisberger) April 23, 2018
I have asked that flags at city hall be lowered to honour the ten lives lost and 15 persons injured in the attacks earlier today in Toronto . #TorontoStrong
— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) April 24, 2018
Never thought something like this could happen in my home city! My thoughts and prayers are with you toronto!! #TorontoStrong
— Gabrielle Daleman (@gabby_daleman) April 24, 2018
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