Timeline shows how the deadly Toronto van attack unfolded

  • Police in Toronto, Canada, say they believe a man who drove a van into pedestrians on Monday acted deliberately.
  • At least 10 people were killed. More than a dozen were wounded.
  • The 25-year-old suspected driver, Alek Minassian, is in police custody.

Scroll down to learn how the incident unfolded. Warning: Some of these images may be disturbing to some readers.


1:26 p.m. ET: Police respond to reports that a van jumped a curb near Yonge Street and Finch Avenue in the northern section of Toronto. The van drove south toward Sheppard Avenue, hitting pedestrians along the way.

Cole Burston/Getty ImagesPolice inspect a van suspected of being involved in a collision injuring at least eight people at Yonge St. and Finch Ave. on April 23, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. A suspect is in custody after a white van collided with multiple pedestrians.

Source: CBC News


Approximately 1:50 p.m. ET: A police officer encounters the suspected van driver and a tense confrontation ensues. The suspect yells and points an object at the officer. The officer diffuses the situation without firing his weapon.

Screenshot via CBC News/TwitterA police officer engages with the suspect driver of a van that plowed into pedestrians in Toronto, Canada, on Monday.

Source: Global News correspondent Mike Drolet


Approximately 1:52 p.m. ET: Police arrest the suspected driver, Alek Minassian, 25, less than 30 minutes after police first responded to the attack, according to Toronto Police Service chief Mark Saunders.

Source: CNN,Bloomberg


1:58 p.m. ET: The Toronto Transit Commission diverted subway service away from the North York Centre station on Line 1, near where the police investigation was underway.

Cole Burston/Getty ImagesA tarp covers an unidentified body on Yonge St. at Finch Ave. after a van plowed into pedestrians on April 23, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A suspect is in custody after a white van collided with multiple pedestrians killing nine and injuring at least 16.

Source: Toronto Transit Commission


2:09 p.m. ET: Yonge Street is closed from the intersection at Finch Avenue and North York, because of ongoing police activity.

Cole Burston/Getty ImagesLaw enforcement and first responders on scene at Yonge St. at Finch Ave. after a van plows into pedestrians April 23, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A suspect is in custody after a white van collided with multiple pedestrians.

Source: Toronto Transit Commission

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Approximately 2:43 p.m. ET: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gives brief remarks on-camera about the incident.

Screenshot via CBS News/TwitterCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gives brief remarks on the Toronto van attack.

“We’re just learning about the situation in Toronto. Our hearts go out to anyone affected,” Trudeau said. His office later released an official statement.

Source: CBS News


4:45 p.m. ET: Toronto Police announced 9 people were killed, and 16 were injured.

Source: Toronto Police Service


Approximately 4:47 p.m. ET: Toronto Mayor John Tory gives remarks during a news conference

“This is a time when this community should come together … I hope that we will, as a city, remind ourselves of the fact that we are admired around the world for being inclusive and for being accepting and understanding and considerate,” Tory said.

Source Fox News


8:19 p.m. ET: The official death toll rises to 10, with 15 injured.

Source: CBC News Toronto

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