Toronto van attack accused posted 'cryptic message' before crime: cops

Toronto van attack accused posted 'cryptic message' before crime: cops

Ralph Goodale, Canada's minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, said on Twitter that he was "grateful for the fearless and professional response of @TorontoPolice and other first responders to the horrific attack at Yonge and Finch", the streets where the attack took place.

Minassian, 25, was charged on Tuesday with 10 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.

Toronto's police chief, Mark Saunders, said the incident "definitely looked deliberate", although the nation's Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale said the "horrendous" attack "does not appear to be connected in any way to national security".

Yuen also has not given any details on the injuries.

"The events that took place yesterday in Toronto were a senseless attack and a horrific tragedy", Trudeau said, extending condolences to the victims and thanks to the first responders on the scene. Five people remained in critical condition at Sunnybrook Health Services Centre on Monday afternoon, the hospital said. "It's a very traumatic time for this area".

However, the university professor, who is now teaching in Australia, says if the constable had waited for backup, the situation might have escalated and had a different outcome.

Dorothy Sewell was grandmother and great-grandmother, her grandson, Elwood Delaney, said. "Everyone was out enjoying the sunshine, and enjoying life". He will return to court on 10 May.

Minassian kept his shaved head down during a brief court appearance in Canada's largest city, speaking quietly with a defense lawyer and stating his name in a steady voice when asked to do so.

Mr. McCormack said he has spoken with the officer, whom he believes is in his 30s and has been with the force for more than seven years.

A source with the military told The Canadian Press that Minassian attended the leadership and recruit school at St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and noted that he did not receive any weapons training while there.

Police shut down the Yonge and Finch intersection in the aftermath of the incident and Toronto's transit agency suspended service on the subway line running through the area.

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Minassian, 25, was arrested not long after allegedly fleeing the scene.

The post also praised Elliot Rodger, a self-confessed virgin who killed six people and injured 14 others before shooting himself to death near the campus of the US University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014. The post also references involuntary celibacy, colloquially referred to as "incel".

The social networking site took down his account after the attack.

A mourner visits a makeshift memorial April 24, one day after a van struck multiple people along a major street in Toronto.

What else do we know about the suspect?

But identities began to emerge from other quarters.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation identified one of the victims as Anne Marie D'Amico, an employee of asset manager Invesco Canada.

One of the people who died in the van attack has been identified as 20-year-old Anne Marie D'Amico, who worked at a USA -based investment firm.

The prime minister said the incident had not changed the country's threat level or security preparations for a G7 summit in Quebec in June. "Almost had as much love for the Blue Jays and Leafs as she did for her family". "Obviously, Canadians across the country are shocked and saddened by this attack". Bissonnette had mental health issues and was attracted to far-right politics and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, he said, "We can not as Canadians choose to live in fear every single day as we go about our daily business".

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