Multiple Deaths After White Van Plows Into Pedestrians In Toronto [VIDEO]

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Ten deaths and at least 15 injuries have been confirmed by police after a white van plowed through a crowd Monday in Toronto, Canada.

The van reportedly veered off the road, onto the sidewalk, and began hitting pedestrians at around 1:30 p.m., The Star reported. The driver,25-year-old Alek Minassian, was taken into custody after the incident.

Initial estimates suggested eight to 10 people were hit by the van, CTV News reported. At least nine people were reported dead, Toronto police officials confirmed in a press conference hours after the incident, according to The Sun.

“We can confirm for you tonight right now we have 9 people that are dead, 16 that are injured,” Toronto Police Deputy Chief Peter Yuen said in a press conference.


In a video released by a witness you can see the alleged driver pull out what appears to be a gun on officers, before they put him in custody, but no shots were fired.


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Former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC hours after the incident, that his sources in Canada are considering this to be “a terrorist attack.”

One witness told a reporter that the driver was “wide-eyed, angry and Middle Eastern.” Another witness described the incident as “a terror attack.”

The van appears to be a Ryder rental truck van, although it is unclear if the suspect rented the truck to commit this crime.

“He started going down on the sidewalk and crumbling down people one by one,” witness Alex Shaker told CTV News. “He just destroyed so many people’s lives,” he continued. “Every single thing that got in his way.”

Shaker saw the van strike a pedestrian pushing a stroller, he told the news organization.

There is no word yet on the exact number of injuries.

(This post will be updated as more information becomes available.)

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