Alek Minassian, Toronto Van Suspect, Allegedly Praised Elliot Rodger Before Attack
Apr 25 2018 by Lorena Waters
A 25-year-old who ploughed a van into a crowded Toronto sidewalk was held on Tuesday on 10 counts of murder and 13 of attempted murder as Canadian authorities and the public sought to make sense of what appeared to be one of the deadliest mass murders in the country's modern history.
"No police officer should ever lose their job - or have their name dragged through the mud - for choosing to talk to, rather than shoot, a fellow citizen", his lawyer said.
A LinkedIn profile identified Minassian as a Seneca College student from 2011 to 2018, and described him as focused on computer science.
Facebook confirmed on background to Newsweek that the post was made on Minassian's account.
Police sealed off the scene after a van mounted a curb in northern Toronto and ran into several pedestrians on Monday.
Mike McCormack, president of the Toronto Police Association, said he believes the officer with "prevented further carnage", the Star reports.
Wes Mac, another resident of the multicultural neighbourhood, said he routinely saw Minassian coming and going in his vehicle.
Canadian officials have downplayed any suggestions the attack was coordinated or part of a broader campaign or effort.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said while the investigation into the attack is still underway, there is no evidence to suggest it was related to terrorism. He called it a "senseless attack".
Of note, in the Facebook post connected to Minassian's account the author refers to himself as "Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010".
Just before the massacre, he tweeted: "The rebellion has begun!"
The post references the "Incel Rebellion", with "incel" meaning "involuntary celibate", or slang from an online community who hate women and advocate for sexual violence against them as revenge for them not wanting to have sex. Rodger used the term.
"Assuming the suspect is holding a gun and pointing it toward officers, it is concerning that the officer is not engaging the suspect with deadly force", he said.
Authorities have not officially confirmed the authenticity of the post. "There is absolutely no place on our platform for people who commit such horrendous acts".
Peru's attorney general has ordered the arrest of two suspects in the killing of a Canadian man who travelled to the Amazon rain forest to study hallucinogenic medicine, officials said Monday.
At the very least ten individuals had been left useless and one other 15 injured after suspect Minassian sped alongside Yonge Avenue, Toronto simply earlier than 1:30pm native time. The officer slowly steps toward him and yells "Get down, get down!"
It could be days before all the victims are publicly identified, said Ontario Chief Coroner Dirk Huyer said, adding that the extent of their injuries was making some identities hard to determine. The confirmations will be done through dental X-rays, fingerprinting or, if necessary, DNA analysis, he said.
He also clarified the number of injured is 14, not 15, saying the miscount was the result of a "fluid" situation.
In 2016, a woman identified as Alana told Elle magazine that she accidentally created what would become known as an "incel" group. Her employer, Invesco Canada, has released a statement on the tragic news. He added: "Out of respect for her and her family, we will not be providing any further comments". In one incident from 2013, an 18-year-old named Sammy Yatim was shot nine times and killed by officers responding a call claiming Yatim had a weapon.