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An attack in Toronto, Canada occurred on Monday by a 25-year-old by the name of Alek Minassian. He was charged with 13 counts of attempted murder on Tuesday. 10 people were killed and 14 people were injured when the attacker drove into pedestrians intentionally and systematically, allegedly targeting women. For now, authorities are claiming it is not a terrorist attack. The reasons for this crime are not yet known as well as Minassian’s motives.
Authorities are investigating his social media posts to understand why he did this. The police officer who also was able to detain and handcuff Minassian showed much restraint when he did not fire a single shot although Minassian repeatedly taunted the officer by appearing to draw a weapon. It was later learned that the item was not a weapon although at the time of the confrontation with the officer, Minassian claimed he was holding a gun in his hands.
Other observers to the incident (including two vehicles) tried to block off Minassian’s access to the pedestrians, but he was able to circumvent them– showing this to be a tragic yet intentional act of murder on his part.