NYPD monitoring probe of deadly van crash in Toronto


Toronto Police chief Mark Saunders though said he was not ruling out anything at the stage.

Getty The scene of the Toronto van attack.

The White House is offering its condolences to Canadians following the deadly rampage of a van down a Toronto sidewalk that killed 10 people and put 15 in the hospital.

A van struck several pedestrians at an intersection in Toronto's North York neighborhood on Monday.

Television images showed the man and a police officer facing off, their guns drawn.

A Reuters witness saw at least two tarp-covered bodies at the site of the incident.

The front end damage of the van that the driver used to hit several pedestrians in Toronto, Ontario, on Monday on April 23, 2018.

"Alternate routes instead of Yonge Street are Beecroft Road and Doris Avenue".

Minassian, of Richmond Hill, allegedly fled the scene but was quickly apprehended by authorities.

Toronto police spokeswoman Jenifferjit Sidhu told CBC News that the vehicle was stopped by police.

A senior national government official said authorities had not turned over the investigation to the federal Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a sign that investigators believed it unlikely terrorism was the motive. "I can not provide details at this stage", Goodale said, confirming that Toronto police is the lead investigative agency in this investigation. Islamic State militant group encourages its supporters to use vehicles for attacks. Canada's public safety minister thanked emergency services in a tweet, writing, "Grateful for the fearless and professional response of @TorontoPolice and other first responders to the horrific attack at Yonge and Finch".

"The incident definitely looked deliberate", Saunders said at a news conference Monday night as he announced that the initial death toll of nine had risen to 10 after another victim died at a hospital.

The Times said the van struck a man crossing Yonge Street before jumping the curb near Mel Lastman Square. Additionally, they will set up a separate hotline for the families of victims.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: "Our thoughts are with all those affected by the bad incident at Yonge and Finch in Toronto. People were getting hit, one after another". The witness said he tried to honk his horn to warn pedestrians about the van but that he witnessed at least six, seven people being hit.

"I was in my auto and I saw a white van going on the sidewalk", witness Ham Yu-Jin told the Toronto Star. "He just kept on going and people were flying everywhere".