Motive Still Unclear in Toronto Van Attack

Motive Still Unclear in Toronto Van Attack

Motive Still Unclear in Toronto Van Attack

Police in the United States have been criticized for being too quick to pull the trigger after a series of high-profile police shootings and deaths of suspects during arrest.

It read: "The Incel Rebellion has already begun!" We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! "All hail Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!"

The Facebook posting by Minassian praised "incels", or involuntary celibates, a term used in a Reddit group where men vented frustrations that tipped into misogyny. Graham Gibson says the 10 people killed and 14 injured were "predominantly" women. He sported a shaved head and white jumpsuit and held his hands behind his back, showing little emotion throughout. His next court appearance is now slated for May 10.

At the court hearing Tuesday, Minassian was represented by a court-appointed lawyer with whom he had an extended, whispered conversation from a prisoners' box. When asked if he had a statement to offer to the victims' families, he simply replied "I'm sorry".

Although police continued to comb the one-kilometre stretch of road where the attack took place, the area had largely reopened to the public on Wednesday.

Other signs of sympathy for misogyny appeared on Minassian's Facebook account.

- Minassian served in the Canadian Armed Forces a year ago, from August to October, a spokeswoman told CNN. He requested to be voluntarily released.

Minassian was arrested in a white rental van less than 30 minutes after police received a 911 call, Saunders said.

"I must have seen about five, six people being resuscitated by bystanders and by ambulance drivers", Zullo told the news agency.

Her remembered her as "super-positive, always smiling, a amusing person, always up for a challenge, and really wanted to help people out". Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders declined to speculate on a motive for the attack, but said that the driver's actions "definitely looked deliberate".

Toronto City Councilor Cesar Palacio, who knows D'Amico's family, identified her as a victim.

Meanwhile, officials at the Embassy of Jordan in Ottawa confirmed that one of its citizens was killed but had no other information to provide. "If you put him down or disrespected him or insulted him, he would agree with you", the classmate said. Their names have not been disclosed.

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Hospital officials said 12 of the 14 injured remain hospitalized.

How did the incident unfold?

- On Monday, he allegedly drove a rented van down the street with reckless abandon, swerving into the wrong lanes of traffic and careening onto a sidewalk.

Minassian was also ordered to not contact any of the 13 people he's accused of trying to run down on Yonge St. during the horrific attack.

"I realized then that something is wrong", he said, adding that the van didn't slow down and hit a pedestrian right after.

He said a number of the victims were older people and that he saw at one point a stroller fly into the air. "This person was intentionally doing this, he was killing everybody", the man said.

The families shattered by a deadly rampage through the streets of Toronto include a seven-year-old boy now left without a mother and a son forced to bury the father who travelled overseas to visit him, community members said Wednesday.

Graphic images from the scene showed at least two bodies on the ground near what appeared to be blood.

The van was brought to a halt by police several streets away and was quickly surrounded.

"The responsibility of a police officer is to minimize causalities ... because they are trained for that", he says.

However, police activity and a light rain on Tuesday night failed to deter grieving residents from visiting a growing memorial site honouring the victims of Monday's carnage.

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