At least ten people were killed and 15 injured after a van plowed into pedestrians along a sidewalk called Yonge Street in Toronto on Monday. The driver, who was taken into custody, was identified as Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, a neighborhood close to Toronto, according to CBC News. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said he did not think it was an accident. “The incident definitely looked deliberate”, he said.
Video footage of the incident showed the cop staring down the suspect at gunpoint in the middle of a street, while the man pointed to what appeared to be a gun and shouted “Kill me.” A Toronto police officer who refused to shoot the man was praised for restraint in the midst of chaos, coming just minutes after the incident. As the suspect shouted “Kill me,” the officer replied, “No, get down”. When the suspect said, “I have a gun in my pocket,” the officer responded: “I don’t care. Get down.” Here’s everything you need to know | Who is Alek Minassian?
The sidewalk was roughly a 1.6 kilometre-stretch and was filled with with lunch-hour pedestrians. Citing government officials, CBC News said Minassian was not associated with any organised militant group. Read more | Click here to read this article in Bangla