Toronto Vehicle Run-Down, April 23, 2018
Attack: April 23, 2018, Toronto, Ontario Pedestrian Vehicle Run-Down
Location: North of midtown Toronto
Attacker: Alek Minassian, 25
Fatalities: 10 dead, 15 injured
Weapon(s): White Ryder rental van
Type of attacker: Hate/Bias - Mental health issues
On Sunday, April 22, 2018, 25-yr-old Alek Minassian drove a white Ryder rental van over the curb at the intersection of Yonge street and Finch avenue and drove at high speed (60-70 KPH, or 37-43 MPH0 on the sidewalk and street southbound on Yonge street running over pedestrians one at a time, including bus stops, benches, etc. Minassian eventually exited the van and pointed a black object at the police and asked to be shot. He was apprehended without a shot fired. He had posted an anti-woman Facebook rant prior to the attack. In the post, he saluted Elliot Rodger, the community college student who in 2014 killed six people and wounded 13 in a hybrid shooting and stabbing attack because of women not forming a relationship with him. Like Rodger, Minassian strong hate for women because of his inability to have a relationship. This appears to have been the motivation for the attack with most victims being female.
Bryan Passifiume, Kevin Connor, and Jane Stevenson, 10 dead, 15 wounded when van hits pedestrians near Yonge and Finch, Toronto Sun, April 23, 2018. http://torontosun.com/news/local-news/multiple-pedestrians-struck-by-van-on-yonge-st
Ian Austen and Liam Stack, Toronto van driver kills at least 10 people in ‘pure carnage,’ The New York Times, April 23, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/23/world/toronto-van.
Charmaine Noronha and David Crary, Toronto van driver posted anti-women Facebook message before attack, police say. Chicago Tribune, April 25, 2018. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-toronto-driver-murder-charges-20180424-story.html
CBS News staff, What we know about Alek Minassian, man charged in deadly Toronto van attack, CBS News, updated April 24, 2018. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-van-attack-driver-profile-alek-minassian-1.4632435