TORONTO (Reuters) – A driver plowed his white Ryder rental van into a crowd in Toronto on Monday, killing nine people and injuring 16 along a roughly mile-long (1.6-km) stretch of sidewalk thronged with lunch-hour pedestrians, police said.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) identified the suspect as Alek Minassian, 25, without identifying its source for that information. Citing government officials, it said Minassian was not associated with any organized militant group.
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Officials declined to answer questions about what motivated the driver to steer his vehicle toward people just before 1:30 p.m. (1730 GMT) in the northern section of Canada’s biggest city. They said the driver was in custody and officials stopped short of calling it a deliberate act.
But at least one witness described the driver as appearing to deliberately target victims, according to media reports.
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“This is going to be a long investigation,” Toronto Deputy Chief Peter Yuen told reporters after disclosing the death toll.
“The investigation is at a stage where no further information can be confirmed at this point,” Canada’s public safety minister, Ralph Goodale, told a news conference.
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“The police are conducting obviously their thorough investigation to determine what happened and why it happened, the motivations involved,” Goodale said.
A Reuters witness saw at least two tarp-covered bodies at the site of the incident. Five people remained in critical condition at Sunnybrook Health Services Centre on Monday afternoon, the hospital said.
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The CBC aired a video it said was shot by a bystander that showed police arresting a suspect at the scene as he shouted: “Kill me” and pointed an unidentified object at an officer. The video later showed what appeared to be the same man lying on the flood, being handcuffed.
Ryder System Inc spokeswoman Claudia Panfil confirmed that one of the company’s rental vehicles had been involved and said the company was cooperating...
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