Toronto April 24 (TNS): Canadian police are interrogating the suspected driver of a rented van that ploughed into pedestrians in northern Toronto on Monday, April 23, killing 10 people and injuring 15 others.
According to police, Alek Minassian, 25, was not previously known to authorities while the incident appeared to be deliberate but the motive was not clear.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the “tragic and senseless attack” had brought him “great sadness”.
Meanwhile, an officer has been praised for not opening fire during a tense standoff with the suspect, who claimed to be armed.
Video broadcast on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation showed a man pointing what appeared to be a gun at officers and shouting “kill me”.
The officer tells the man to “get down” and when the suspect says he has a gun, the officer repeats: “I don’t care. Get down.” The suspect was then arrested without shots being fired.