Toronto Van Attack, Reported 10 Dead, 15 Wounded

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Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonderandhome.com

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    “Alek Minassian” was the name released by the cops.

    He has a LinkedIn.Report

  2. Avatar Kazzy says:

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-van-attack-driver-profile-alek-minassian-1.4632435

    If this video is what it says it is, he seems to be trying VERY hard for suicide by cop.Report

    • fillyjonk fillyjonk says:

      Yeah, but he didn’t have to take 15 innocent people with him. That’s what always galls me about those type of cases. (If it is genuinely a desire for “suicide by cop”)Report

      • The mental health pros would have to help with this one, but where is the distinction of a true “suicide by cop” and person who perpetrates a heinous act and plans on the responding LE relieving them of having to answer for their actions? To me both morally and practically those are two very different things.Report

        • Avatar Kazzy says:

          Fear points, both… I probably used the term “suicide by cop” far too loosely. I should have said that he was clearly trying to goad the officer into shooting him. Another article indicates he was yelling at the cop to shoot him.Report

  3. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    Already seeing the comments (facebook, etc.) about how it musta been one of those high capacity assault vans.

    Dead is dead, don’t matter how you get there. And as I speak from experience, getting hit by a car at speed may not poke supersonic holes in you, but it shatters bones and organs quite effectively.Report

  4. Avatar Troublesome Frog says:

    True, people do die for all sorts of reasons, which makes any one reason uninteresting to think about.Report

  5. Avatar North says:

    I have seen the video and read the accounts of the cop that didn’t shoot this low life. Talk about heroism! So proud of him!Report