The carnage recalled fatal attacks by supporters of the Islamic State on vehicles that shook Nice, France, Berlin, Barcelona, London and New York. But late Monday, public safety minister of Canada Ralph Goodale said that this time seemed different.
"The events that happened behind us on the road are appalling," he said, "but they do not seem to be linked to one another, a path to national security based on information at that time."
Mit When the driver was arrested, the Canadian authorities began to reconstruct how – and why – a day with the promise of early spring became a scene of horror. The authorities released few details on Mr. Minassian on Monday night
"There were many pedestrians out there, many witnesses out and enjoyed the sunny afternoon," said Peter Yuen, deputy head of the Toronto Police Department.
John Flengas, the Deputy EMS Supervisor for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, who said that it received 10 victims from the scene, described it as a "pure carnage". He told CTV News on Monday that he had "seen victims everywhere."
A witness said the van had mowed everything on its way: pedestrians, mailboxes, power poles, benches and a fire hydrant. Another, trying to help the pedestrian cross the road, said, "Parts of the car have flown everywhere."
Meaghan Gray, a Toronto police spokeswoman, said the authorities received a report at 13:30. On Monday, the car had set up a curb near Yonge Street and Finch Avenue West. Stephan Powell, a spokesman for the Toronto Fire Department, said pedestrians have been hit in "at least two locations."
Ten victims were taken to the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, said Drs. Dan Cass, the deputy chairman, at a press conference. Two were declared dead on arrival, five were in critical condition and three were in serious condition, he said.
Dr. Cass said he had no information about the nature of the victim's injuries and that the hospital had not confirmed the identity of the dead.
In Statement on Monday John Tory, the mayor of Toronto, said, "My thoughts are with those affected by this incident and the front-line helpers working to help the injured . "
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said : "We monitor the situation is tight."
Yonge Street is Toronto's main artery and is considered Canada's longest road. It cuts through the city from Lake Ontario through downtown, before reaching the suburbs and then farmland.
The deaths occurred in the far north, a densely populated part of the city, surrounded by many new residential towers. On Monday, many shops in the area were closed at the request of the authorities. A makeshift memorial was erected on a stone wall south of Finch Avenue.
Konstantin Goulich, a resident, appeared with sacks of markers and rolls of cardboard from a dollar business.
"Guys, please come and write how you feel: your wishes for the victims, if you want to say something, every bit of support counts," Mr Goulich said the passers-by.
"If you can not write in English, write in your own language, write in Chinese, write in Korean," he said.
Late in the day, far to the south of the scene, security was evident around downtown Toronto's Air Canada Center, where the Toronto Maple Leafs played Boston in a playoff game. Large urban dump trucks, apparently filled with sand and gravel, were used to block roads, including an arterial road near the rink.
After the game that won Toronto, cheering fans flocked from the arena, but the only ones signs of events on Yonge Street were claws of policemen wearing bullet-proof vests. Some fans were shocked by the carnage that had taken place earlier in the day.
"We do not expect that in Canada," said one fan, Luca Pitsocia, a 21-year-old aspiring paramedic.
The van that was used in the rioting was stopped about a mile south of where it took place, said Dan Fox, an official on Monday on his way to work on the vehicle drove by. He said it had "considerable damage".
"It looked as if the side of the car scratched the side of the building," Mr. Fox said in a telephone interview, the sound of police sirens howling behind him. "The driver's door was open, but I did not see anyone in or around the van."
The episode in Toronto seemed to be the deadliest use of a vehicle in Canada to purposely mow pedestrians.
Last October, a police officer in Edmonton was hit in a car and stabbed to death, and four other people were later deliberately hit by a U-Haul truck. The driver of both vehicles, a Somali immigrant, was arrested in the terrorist attack described by Prime Minister Trudeau.
In 2014, a rider in the Montreal area struck two members of the Canadian armed forces and was shot dead by the police, who described the attack as Islamist terrorism. One of the victims died.
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