Toronto van attack suspect charged with 10 counts of murder

Police inspect the van involved in Monday’s attack in Toronto.Cole Burston / Getty Images

Alek Minassian, who is suspected of plowing a rented van down a crowded Toronto sidewalk, was charged with 10 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder on Tuesday. The 25-year-old suspect’s father, Vahe Minassian, cried and told the victims’ families, “I’m sorry.” Witnesses said Alek Minassian appeared in control and determined as he drove the van through the crowd. “It was like he was playing a video game, trying to kill as many people as possible,” said witness Panna Patel, 42. Just before the attack, Minassian reportedly posted on Facebook about an “incel rebellion,” a reference to the “involuntary celibacy” of a community of online misogynists.

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