Van in Toronto injures pedestrians

| April 23, 2018 | 78 Comments

According to CBS News, a white van ran over eight to 10 pedestrians in Toronto today.

“At this point it’s too early to tell what if any motive there was. We are also unable right now to tell the extent or the number of persons injured,” Toronto police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray said.

Toronto paramedic spokeswoman Kim McKinnon said first responders were on scene treating multiple patients, but wouldn’t confirm the number or severity of injuries.

Police shut down the Yonge and Finch intersection following the Monday afternoon incident and Toronto’s transit agency said it has suspended service on the subway line running through the area.

The incident occurred as Cabinet ministers from the major industrial countries were gathered in Canada to discuss a range of international issues in the run-up to the G7 meeting near Quebec City in June.

Fox News reports that police have the driver in custody;

Alex Shaker, who witnessed the incident, said the van was speeding down the street before it mounted the curb and plowed into people.

“He started going down on the sidewalk and crumbling down people one by one,” Shaker told CTV. “He just destroyed so many people’s lives. Every single thing that got in his way.”

A worker at a gym in a building next to the site of the incident told Fox News that employees were told to stay inside as first responders tended to the scene.

Global News journalist Jeremy Cohn said there were “bodies all over” the street and some people had been pronounced dead.

Thanks to Mick for the tip.

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  1. NR Pax says:

    I see that the Mennonites are feeling frisky.

  2. Roh-Dog says:

    [Truck] of peace.

  3. Wilted Willy says:

    We must ban all Vans, think of the children???

  4. Sapper3307 says:

    The van was modified with a pistolstick shifter and bumpseats.

  5. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Catholic RAGE!

  6. Reaperman says:

    Was it a high-capacity van? How long before we ban 3rd row seating.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      No one needs a rental truck. Call pro movers when relocating.

      • Berliner says:

        The people don’t need vans, especially scary large capacity white vans. Those who believe they need one, they need:
        1) Undergo a background check.
        2) Mandatory van training class.
        3) Obtain a van permit to allow them to purchase or rent one.
        4) A 72 hour reasonable waiting period before rental or purchase.

        At the same time, van free zones need to be designated in all urban areas near malls, shopping areas, schools and places people congregate.

        • Roh-Dog says:

          You’re a vanlophobe.
          You’ll have to pry the steering wheel of my F-350 out of my cold, dead hands!
          Renewing my National Van Association dues IMMEDIATELY!

          • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

            MEH, look at the liberal facts:

            One doesn’t need a gun for protection, that’s what the Police are for.
            One doesn’t need fire extinguishers in their house while we have Fire Departments.
            One doesn’t need their own van while we have moving companies and public transit!

  7. 26Limabeans says:

    Quebec separatists

  8. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    The mention of G7 makes me wonder. My suspect needle is centered between Muslim and Leftist/Commie Bastard.

  9. Mick says:

    From the Fox News story linked above:

    ‘The incident occurred as Cabinet ministers from the G7 countries were gathered in Toronto to discuss a range of international issues in the run-up to the G7 meeting near Quebec City in June.’

    Perhaps this was not a random/spontaneous attack.

  10. sj says:

    Well, it can’t be Amish. Must be radical Lutheran.

  11. Sparks says:

    “At this point it’s too early to tell what if any motive there was…”

    Really. I mean really, they’re going there again.

    • Mason says:

      You could do this while waving an ISIS flag, screaming aloha snack bar, and send a 39 page manifesto to the newsies before doing it, specifying it’s terrorism, and they’d still say it’s too soon.

      In other news Kamala Harris thinks that “assault rifles” walk around.

      • Sparks says:

        When you’re right, you’re right Mason. Sad to say. Those walking assault rifles are a real problem. No bayonet lugs, no scopes, no high capacity magazines and no legs is the only answer.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      “Bughouse nuts” is always a possibility.

  12. Sapper3307 says:

    “Nobody needs a van that holds more than ten people”
    David Hogg

    • rgr769 says:

      Clearly, if they had universal background checks and ten day waiting periods for van and truck rentals this carnage could have been prevented, especially when we are dealing with these high capacity vehicles.
      (I used “clearly” there because I had a judge tell me once that whenever he sees that word used in an assertion it tells him the proposition/statement is likely bogus.)

    • OWB says:

      And, nobody needs a vehicle that goes faster than 35/60/125 MPH.

  13. Arby says:

    Oh sure, would they have identified the color of the van if it was anything but white?

  14. JimV says:

    A crazed Realtor upset that housing values are dropping?

  15. Devtun says:

    Oh yeah, it had to be another antisocial white van. Brian Ross is checking if the van is a veteran.

  16. 26Limabeans says:

    I just heard a news story describe it as a “hit and run”.

  17. rgr769 says:

    Just watched video of the van driver’s arrest. He is either insane with a death wish or he wanted to be martyred by cop. Any of the cops in my town would have shot him, but the Canuckistan cop was afraid to do so. If you watch the video you will see what I mean. Prolly he was worried about being accused of Muzzicide. Incidentally, the death toll is now at nine.

  18. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    I think that the terrs are rehearsing using vehicle as killing machines because all day long, I get my IPN MVA texts from MVA’S along I-95 and areas along the Florida’s Tpke. Ban vehicle and go back to horse and carriage and I will take a blacksmithing course by mail like I did with my watch and Locksmith courses.

    • rgr769 says:

      Uh, my son is a horseshoer. It took him doing a 4 month hands on course and a couple of years working with experienced farriers before he was good at it. You won’t be learning that trade with a correspondence course, even if there was one, which there isn’t.

      • AW1Ed says:

        A good farrier is golden in the horsey communities- takes skill and a certain personality to put up with horse people bullshit. They’re all experts and you don’t have to ask; they’ll just tell you how you’re doing it wrong.
        Don’t ask how I know this.

    • AW1Ed says:

      Not a locksmith by any stretch, but I did teach myself just how stupid easy it is to pick most locks using a simple wrench and a rake, all on-line. Handcuffs? Pffft, open those with a paper clip.
      Pretty scary, actually.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Are you kidding me? Just take a hammer to the bottom of any padlock and whack the lock hard a couple of times. It will pop open in the blink of an eye.

        Ditto file cabinet locks. Smack them hard enough and the shock will unlock them.

        • David says:

          The difference between you two is that he is able to reuse the locks. Kind of like how anyone can put an airplane on the ground, but it takes a pilot to make sure the plane can be reused.

          • AW1Ed says:

            Not to mention picking is a bit more subtle than banging on the lock with a hammer.
            Although Ex might be a fan of “bump keys” which use pretty much the same theory.
            *grin*

  19. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    I wonder if Trudeau isn’t already rehearsing his apology speech to the muzzies for Canada not being a third world muzzie shithole?

    • Roh-Dog says:

      I think this about nails it: “Our hearts go out to anyone affected,” Trudeau said. “We’re obviously going to have more to learn and more to say in the coming hours.”
      He’ll double down on the stupid would be my bet.

    • Mr. Pete says:

      Likely an Armenian.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      “According to CTV News, Minassian briefly joined the military last year. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in August 2017 and asked to leave in October 2017 after completing just 16 days into his 13-week basic training.”

      Ahh, so now they’ll scapegoat the Canadian Armed Forces because they made him such a ruthless baby-killer in just over two weeks!

  20. FatCircles0311 says:

    Background checks for assault vans.

  21. Sparks says:

    Most of the Google articles about him are in French, so there’s that.

    Meanwhile in more current updates,

    “U.S. law enforcement sources told CBS News that the incident appears to be a deliberate act.”

    Well, thanks for that incite and help. “Appears to be”, really clears it up in my mind.

    I’m pretty sure the “alleged” “suspect” in custody did in fact, do it. I’m also going to go out on a limb here and say, he’s Muslim, he hates everything not Sharia and he didn’t kill as many as he was hoping for.

    But thankfully for him, there’s no death penalty in Canada. Sad for his victims though.

    • rgr769 says:

      Pretty hard for him to deny he did it. I watched the video of him getting out of the subject van and pointing something black in his hand at the cop and demanding that the Canuck popo shoot him. One can’t tell what the black object in his hand is, but he whipped it out and pointed it arm extended at the officer at least twice. He put his manifesto on the internet stating all females (women) should be exterminated because they are so “evil.” He apparenetly is unhappy with the fairer sex because they refuse to copulate with him (and he “so honee,” as the bar girls used to tell us in the Viet of the Nam).

    • Casey says:

      Boy, were you ever wrong! {snicker}

  22. IDC SARC says:

    Obviously the UAW has blood on their hands

  23. Thunderstixx says:

    I spent the entire weekend surrounded by all those scary black rifles, some even more scarier because they were super scary black pistols and even worse regular scariest huge bulleted pistols that convert into super killer super automatic machine gun pistols that shoot 3,000 bullets per second !!!
    I cannot believe that not one of those guns didn’t jump up and kill everybody in the place!!!
    I prayed to the bassinettee of the great and merciful 0 and my life was spared !!!!!
    Thank you great 0 !!!!!

  24. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    I just saw the video of the cop who didn’t shoot the van driver. I have no doubt he will be hailed as the model police officer by many. I think he was either nuts for not shooting the driver or he was nuts for not shooting the driver. It’s one or the other.

    • rgr769 says:

      Ditto. I would have plugged him the first time he whipped out what he had in his hand and pointed it at me. But then this is Canuckistan, where they give 10 million dollar rewards to Gitmo ‘slamonazis who kill Americans.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      I wonder how his partner feels about having him having his back.

      • rgr769 says:

        I’d be worried if I were his partner. What this officer did is contra the training most officers get in this country. But the LSM/MSM is loving this copper because he didn’t shoot the guy. Too bad for the Canuckian taxpayers; they will be housing and feeding this piece of trash for the next fifty to sixty years. I will give the subject officer this justification, he may have been close enough to see that what the guy had in his hand was not a weapon.

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      Mr. Spock had a similar problem, as I recall. He couldn’t get any for seven years at a stretch! So, when the time came (pon farr), he, too, was ready to kill.

  25. Casey says:

    It gets better. The killer was an “incel,” or involuntary celibate male. Incel females (“femoids”) are explicitly excluded. They call refusal of sex “anti-rape” and insist that it be included in the #MeToo movement. And, yes, there really is an “incel” subculture.

    Minassian was neither a Muslim nor a terrorist, just a crazy fool. Before he died he expressed admiration for Elliot Roger, a California nutjob who stabbed 3 to death, then killed 3 more with a pistol. In a final YouTube video Roger stated he was 22 and was still a virgin. The article doesn’t say whether Roger was an incel, but did state he had posted several videos referring to suicide and mass killings. Police spoke to him and found him “perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human.” Oy.

    So, for once, no Islamofascist terrorist. This time. Bad news is that the idea of using a truck or van to kill people has gotten that much more publicity.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Still a virgin? I’m sure that Bubba & Thor will bust his cherry in no time before they share him with the rest of their cell block!

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      “Incel females (“femoids”) are explicitly excluded. They call refusal of sex “anti-rape” and insist that it be included in the #MeToo movement.”

      Cucumbers need love too. Plus, they never watch sports, don’t mind chick flicks, and don’t present any toilet seat up issues.

  26. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Believe it or not, there was a time when there were men and boys and women and girls and that was it. If a man was attracted to another man, we called him a queer. He was merely dismissed. No one went further than that in what the queers did or where. And lesbians? They were likewise not heard from, and no one raised eyebrows if Aunt So and So never married, by choice, and always had a close female friend. That was it. There wasn’t anything more or anything else. If there was, we didn’t know about it b/c the subject was reserved for psychiatrists to deal with.

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