A man driving a Ryder rental truck has struck a number of pedestrians on a sidewalk in downtown Toronto, in what appears to be a deliberate attack.
The driver of the truck is under arrest, after pulling a gun and engaging in a brief standoff with police. He was taken in without injury to police.
UPDATE: Police in Toronto say nine are dead, with dozens more injured.
The suspect has been identified as Alek Minassian.
#BREAKING: 25-year-old Alek Minassian identified as the suspected driver who ran down pedestrians in Toronto, killing 9 and injuring 16.
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) April 23, 2018
Unconfirmed reports from eyewitnesses say the man appeared Middle Eastern. However, this is very preliminary and we cannot verify. Video and pictures of the suspect included here are unclear as to his age or ethnicity.
Police in Canada say the van that struck eight to 10 pedestrians in north Toronto has been found and the driver is in custody. Police Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu says authorities do not yet know the cause or reason for the collision.
Authorities say the van apparently jumped the curb and hit the pedestrians. The extent of their injuries is not yet known.
Toronto paramedic spokeswoman Kim McKinnon says first responders are on scene treating multiple patients but wouldn’t confirm the number or severity of injuries.
Police have shut down the Yonge and Finch intersection following the Monday afternoon incident and Toronto’s transit agency says it has suspended service on the subway line running through the area.
The Ottawa bureau chief for the Toronto Star posted to Twitter that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that his thoughts were with people affected in the incident and that the government would keep people updated.
Here is video of the suspect being arrested.
Is this the suspect in Toronto being arrested? pic.twitter.com/wnQjF7SEM7
— Mike (@Fuctupmind) April 23, 2018
This video appears to show the van driver being confronted by police.
Video from Yonge and Finch at Toronto pic.twitter.com/YvS8GcJ8pg
— Vince (@vce7) April 23, 2018
Here is video from the scene posted to Twitter.
— toronto.com (@torontodotcom) April 23, 2018
What we know so far about Toronto van strike:
– Up to 10 pedestrians may have been struck
– Extent of injuries unclear
– Driver of van in custody. No personal details known
– Yonge Street and Finch Avenue areas cordoned offhttps://t.co/26YbDX2P1S pic.twitter.com/0P28wYrTDa
— 🇬🇧♦️Mark Jury♦🇬🇧 (@markjurys) April 23, 2018
This is a developing story.