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Toronto Van Rampage Leaves 10 People Dead

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Aaron Vincent Elkaim / The Canadian Press

Aaron Vincent Elkaim / The Canadian Press

Aaron Vincent Elkaim / The Canadian Press

Sanskriti Adigal, Staff Writer

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   On Monday, April 23rd, Alek Minassian (25 years old) became responsible for the death of 10 individuals and severe injuries to fifteen other people in Toronto, Canada after he began to indiscriminately plow people one by one. The suspect was seen driving a white rental Ryder van, and after first running over a pedestrian crossing the street, mounted his vehicle on a sidewalk and bulldozed several others.

  The entirety of victims claimed that while the driver’s actions appeared intentional, although not an intended act of terrorism. Prior to be taken into custody, Minassian, refused to surrender to authorities, resulting in a confrontation wherein he responded, “Shoot me in the head.” However, deputy police chief, Ken Lam, was able to diffuse the situation in a non-violent manner, resulting in Minassian being subdued without any shots fired. He has been faced with 10 counts of first-degree murder and thirteen counts of attempted murder.

  Lam is currently unable to speak on the situation as he would be required to attend court. The veteran is also in the process of undergoing a debriefing process and aftercare program for officers who have faced traumatic situations.

   Toronto Transit Commissions constable Bill Perivolaris, who was one of the first individuals to arrive at the scene explained, “I positioned my car in a position where it would block off the traffic and assist in a little bit of safety for first responders. I think that this tragedy will change our city for the better. I’ve noticed a kindness and the efforts of all the people.”

  In response, Justin Kim (10) stated, “The suspect was not in his right state of mind.  Support goes out to the families of victims who lost their loved ones.”

  Irene Lee (10) added, “The van driver must face consequences and be punished for his actions.”

  The carnage can be compared to the deadly attacks by Islamic State supporters using vehicles that have affected locations such as France, Berlin, Barcelona, London and New York. Due to the complexity of the investigation at the moment, all of the identities of the victims have not yet been established and all 10 will be publicly announced simultaneously.   

   

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