Update – 9:07 pm EST: Toronto Police have confirmed that 10 people are now dead and 15 are injured and remain in hospital. They have also identified the alleged driver as 25-year-old Alek Minassian from Richmond Hill.
Mayor John Tory and Toronto Police Deputy Peter Yuen have made the first official statement following the horrific van attack in Toronto.
At a press conference at Earl Haig Secondary School, Mayor Tory told the media that the city is in safe hands at the moment and that “this is a time when the city should come together.”
Deputy Yuen advised the media that the incident happened at the busy intersection of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue Monday afternoon around 1:30 pm.
Police confirmed that they have located the vehicle, the driver is in custody and he is currently being investigated.
Deputy Yuen then advised the media that nine people are dead and 16 others are injured following this tragedy.
Acting Chief Peter Yuen: 9 people dead, 16 people injured. One man in custody, after incident involving vehicle on Yonge Street. ^js
— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) April 23, 2018
Mayor Tory is asking all business and office buildings in the area to close early for the remainder of the day and ask employees to go home.
Mayor Tory also advised the media that there will be several days of disruptions to traffic and businesses in the area because of this ongoing investigation.