Ten people were killed and 16 others injured after a van rammed into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, according to police.
Deputy Chief Peter Yuen confirmed on Monday the driver was arrested after the incident, which authorities are treating as a deliberate act.
Toronto Mayor John Tory urged people to stay away from the area during the investigation and announced the closure of area businesses following the incident.
“It is a time to be as calm as we can be in the city," Tory told reporters.
At a press conference Monday evening, authorities identified the suspect as Alex Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill.
Authorities responded to the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area after a white van jumped a curb, slamming into pedestrians.
Global News Toronto correspondent Jeremy Cohn said in a tweet he saw multiple bodies.
I’ve now walked up Yonge St from north of Sheppard to Finch. I have passed multiple dead bodies covered up, shoes and debris in the road. Witnesses tell me the white van appeared completely out of control. pic.twitter.com/JEWynlTmZq— Jeremy Cohn (@JeremyGlobalTV) April 23, 2018
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Monday he was monitoring the situation.
“Our hearts go out to everyone affected. We’re obviously going to have more to say in the coming hours," Trudeau said.
In a statement Monday evening, the White House said its “thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those affected,” offering “any support” Canada might require.
“The United States stands with the Canadian people in the aftermath of today’s tragic event in Toronto, where a van drove into a crowd of people killing several and injuring many more,” the statement read.
The incident took place roughly 18 miles from a G-7 meeting in downtown Toronto, where diplomats from Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Japan, Italy and Germany gathered at the Intercontinental Hotel.
Updated at 11:35 p.m.