Meanwhile, Toronto police are hailing officer Ken Lam who arrested Minassian without firing a shot. Video shows Lam confronting the suspect moments after the van stopped on the sidewalk.
Minassian pointed a black object at Lam who demanded he drop to the ground. Minassian refused, challenging Lam to shoot him in the head and kill him and saying he had a gun in his pocket.
Minassian continued to approach, Lam could see he was not pointing a weapon. Lam placed his own gun in his holster as the suspect dropped to the ground and was handcuffed without a struggle.
Police say thanks to officer Lam’s courage and smart action, the suspect is alive and available to answer questions.
Witnesses say Minassian drove as fast as 80 kilometers per hour for more than a kilometer down the busy sidewalk in northern Toronto, appearing to deliberately target people.
While a motive is still unclear, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dismissed the possibility of terrorism.
“At this time we have no reason to suspect that there is any national security element to this attack,” he said Tuesday. Trudeau also expressed condolences to the victims and their families.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency says two South Koreans are among the 10 dead.
Little is known about the 25-year-old Minassian at this time other than he is from the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill was described on a social media profile as a college student.
He also briefly served in the Canadian armed forces late last year. But a defense ministry spokeswoman said Minassian asked to be discharged after just 16 days of training.
Source: Voice of America