The driver of a white van collided with multiple pedestrians on a busy sidewalk north of downtown Toronto on Monday afternoon, injuring multiple people.
The van has been located and a suspect is in custody.
The incident happened in the North York area at the intersection of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue, Toronto police said. Stephen Powell, district chief for Toronto Fire, said the suspect covered between a half-mile and a mile in the vehicle.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said immediately after the incident:
Our thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible incident at Yonge and Finch in Toronto. Thank you to the first responders working at the scene – we're monitoring the situation closely.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 23, 2018
Toronto Mayor John Tory added in his own statement: "There has been a very tragic incident at Yonge St. and Finch Ave.My thoughts are with those affected by this incident and the frontline responders who are working to help those injured.I have spoken to Chief Mark Saunders and my office is being updated by Toronto Fire, EMS, TTC and the acting city manager. I am on my way to Mel Lastman Square right now for an update on the situation.I have offered any and all assistance that the city can provide to police to help this investigation."
It was not immediately clear if the vehicle collision was intentional. In recent years, individuals have driven vehicles into crowds of pedestrians in fatal attacks in major cities including Barcelona, New York, London and Nice.