Sidewalk Massacre In Toronto
Posted by Samantha Casais on 4/24/2018 6:24:00 AM.
Ten people are dead, 15 are injured after a rented van mounted a sidewalk and ran down pedestrians in Toronto yesterday. It happened around 1:30pm on Yonge St. south of Finch Av. Witnesses say the van crashed into poles and benches, hitting everything in sight and knocking down pedestrians along the way. Authorities have stopped short of calling it a terror attack, but have concluded that it was definitely deliberate. Shortly after the rampage, police apprehended the suspect on Poyntz Av., just past the Yonge-Sheppard Centre south of where the attack took place. Several videos taken by bystanders posted on social media show the suspect's battered van stopping on the sidewalk; a police officer drew his gun, stood behind his car, and repeatedly yelled at the man to get down on the ground. The suspect initially refused, daring the cop to shoot him, saying he had a gun in his pocket. He then reached into his hip pocket and pulled out an object that appeared to be a gun and made several gestures indicating that he was about to shoot. The cop moved towards the suspect, and had him on the ground and in handcuffs seconds later without firing a shot. Meanwhile, Yonge St. remains closed between Sheppard and Bishop Av. which is just north of Finch, and Finch is closed between Duplex and Kenneth on either side of Yonge. By early evening yesterday, a makeshift memorial had been set up by civilians on the southeast corner of Yonge and Finch, with candles, flowers, and a line of poster boards taped to a wall close to the spot where the attack began. The Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square was dimmed yesterday, flags were lowered to half-mast, and a moment of silence was held at the Air Canada Centre prior to last night's Maple Leafs-Bruins playoff game. Mayor John Tory issued a statement earlier in the afternoon calling it an incomprehensible attack, assuring residents that the city is working closely with all levels of government to ensure public safety. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also offered condolences from Ottawa with a statement made before the House of Commons, as did Premier Kathleen Wynne who visited the scene with the Toronto mayor.