UPDATE: 10 DEAD 15+ MORE INJURED. CTV IDENTIFIED THE DRIVER OF THE VAN ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN THIS INCIDENT AS ALEK MINASSIAN.
Below is the original story
Around 10 people were hit by a van near the intersection of Finch Avenue East and Yonge Street Monday afternoon.
The van drove over the curb and smashed its way through a crowd of people. The driver quickly fled the scene, but to no avail as they were captured by police near Sheppard and Yonge. No motive is known at this point, but some people are questioning if it was an act of terrorism.
Witnesses at the scene described it as a terrifying situation, extended over several city blocks which left victims lying everywhere.
“We heard a loud crash and someone screaming,” a witness named Mark told 680 NEWS. “A couple blocks further there was a man lying in the road. He had been hit by a (vehicle). His shoes were like 100 feet away up the road, he’d obviously been hit very hard and flung far. I checked for vital signs, he appeared to be deceased.”
“A couple blocks up there were another couple of people lying on the sidewalk being attended to by emergency personnel,” he added.
At the time of this writing there are at least 4 people without vital signs from this situation, possibly more. Toronto paramedics have responded to and working to save lives.
Witnesses on the scene have said the suspect is a middle-eastern man, in his mid 40’s.
***UPDATE: HERE IS THE VIDEO OF THE ARREST OF THE ALLEGED SUSPECT
Here are some photos collected through social media:
A look at the scene where the incident happened shortly after:
The arrest of the suspect can be seen in this video below:
Here is CP24’s coverage of the scene:
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