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September 6, 2015

He said he was driving when the incident occurred

Suspect in deadly Toronto van attack once cited 2014 Isla Vista mass shooting on Facebook

The 25 year old Canadian man accused of mowing down pedestrians with a van in northern Toronto had a limited presence on social media, including a single post on his Facebook account, which was taken down soon after Monday’s attack.

Alek Minassian’s post referenced the 2014 rampage in Isla Vista, California, in which Elliot Rodger, 22, killed six people and wounded others near the University of California, Santa Barbara, before killing himself in his car.

He has been charged with 10 counts of first degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder, and canada goose outlet black friday a 14th attempted murder charge is imminent, Toronto Police Service Homicide Det. Sgt. Graham Gibson said in a news conference this afternoon.

With a stone faced expression and clad in a white jail jumpsuit, Minassian appeared in court this morning in Toronto, the capital city of the province of Ontario. He is scheduled to appear in court again May 10 canada goose bird uk via video link.

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The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) confirmed in a statement to ABC News that Minassian was a member for about two months last year, from Aug. 23 to Oct. 25. He didn’t complete his recruit training and requested to be voluntarily released from the forces after 16 days of the training, according to https://www.bamschaatsteam.nl the CAF.

Neighbors of Minassian, who lived in the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill, described him as very quiet and odd. They told ABC News they saw him in the neighborhood including one neighbor who said he regularly saw him jogging but had never spoken to him.

At a news conference in Canada’s capital this morning, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provided no suspected motive for the attack but said investigators still “have no reason to suspect that there is any cheap canada goose national security element to this attack.”

Canada Goose Coats On Sale “Obviously, all Canadians continue and will continue to have questions about why this happened, what could possibly be the motives behind it,” Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa. “As was indicated last night by our public security minister, at this time we have no reason to suspect that there is any national security element to this attack, but obviously the investigations continue.” Canada Goose Coats On Sale

Monday’s attack began at Yonge Street and Finch Avenue in Toronto’s bustling North York neighborhood, police said. The suspect then drove the white Ryder van south for nearly 1 1/2 miles, ramming into more pedestrians at Yonge Street and Sheppard cheap canada goose Avenue. The battered vehicle finally stopped on Poyntz Avenue, just off Yonge Street.

Minassian allegedly rented the truck on Monday morning from a Ryder truck rental facility just north of Toronto, Gibson said.

canada goose factory sale Witness Ali Shaker saw the van jump the sidewalk and said people walking were “crumbled up,” he told Canada’s CTV News. canada goose factory sale

“He’s just canada goose outlet real hitting people one by one, going down,” Shaker said. “It was a nightmare.”

Visibly frightened by what he saw, Shaker could barely recount the horror he witnessed. He said he was driving when the incident occurred.

“I’m so shaky I can’t believe this is happening,” he said. “This is so unbelievable.”

Shaker initially assumed the driver was experiencing some kind of medical emergency, he said, and even attempted to try to stop the driver from causing more carnage.

buy canada goose jacket “I thought he had a heart attack or something so I was trying to chase him on the way, almost trying to catch up,” he told CTV News, adding that the driver was moving fast. buy canada goose jacket

“He hit everybody on the sidewalk; anybody in his way he would hit,” Shaker added. “The bus stop all shattered. There was a lady in there I saw and I stopped and I looked and I went after and all I see is just crumbling one by one.”

“As I lit up my cigarette I saw a man walking in the middle of the intersection and a van plowed right into him,” the witness, who went by Steve, told CTV News. “I saw the guy go flying.. It was just clear as day, just saw the guy get hit by the van and pieces of the van fell off.”

canada goose Afterward, Steve said he rushed into the middle of the street to tend to the injured man “to make sure no other cars struck him.” canada goose

The victim, he said, was around 50, was unconscious “and could barely move.”

The van kept driving and hit others, Steven added, leaving behind pools of blood.

“I saw three or four [people] on the ground around me,” he said. “Other people were getting CPR.”

Canada Goose Parka He’s convinced that stopping for the cigarette break saved him, Steve said. Canada Goose Parka

“I had just stopped to light the cigarette and if I hadn’t done that I would have been killed as well,” he said. “I would have been right there with that guy.”

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto confirmed in a statement that it had received a total of 10 patients from Monday’s incident. Two of them were pronounced dead upon arrival. Five others were in critical condition and three were in serious condition, the hospital said.



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