WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Toronto police identified the suspect in the deadly van attack in Ontario’s capital that killed 10 pedestrians as 25-year-old Alek Minassian.
- On Tuesday, Minassian faced first-degree murder charges in the deaths of 10 people he mowed down using a rented van.
- Canadian police said the victims are “predominantly female,” but there’s still no concrete evidence if Minassian was bypassing men or intentionally targeting women.
Authorities are still trying to gather evidence whether Alek Minassian’s frustrations with women caused the van attack that took the lives of 10 people and injured 14 others.
The police said on Tuesday that Minassian posted a terrifying message on social media a few minutes before mowing down pedestrians.
“All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!” reads the Facebook post.
It’s clearly a reference to American Elliot Rodger who killed 6 people and injured 14 more in Isla Vista, California in 2014. The 22-year-old Rodger stabbed three people to death in his apartment then went on a killing spree near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara, before fatally shooting himself to the head.
Rodger uploaded to YouTube a video he called “Elliot Rodger’s Retribution,” explaining that he wanted to punish women for rejecting him. He added that men should be punished too for being sexually active.
Minassian also wrote “the incel rebellion has already begun. “
Facebook has since taken the post down.
“Incel” is short for “Involuntarily Celibate,” a term used in online posts by men raging at women for rejecting them to experience sex.
A group of women-haters calling themselves “incels” was banned from social platform Reddit for allegedly encouraging their members and readers to inflict violence against women.
Witness Ali Shaker told Canada’s CTV News that he saw the vehicle jumped the busy walkway and started plowing pedestrians.
“He’s just hitting people one by one, going down,” Shaker said. “It was a nightmare.”
“I thought he had a heart attack or something so I was trying to chase him on the way, almost trying to catch up,” Shaker said.
In the video which circulated online, an officer is seen drawing his firearm and stands off against Minassian who seems to be holding a weapon.
The officer, identified as Ken Lam, repeatedly shouted, “Get down,” to which Minassian responded, “Kill me, I have a gun in my pocket.” He also dared the officer to shoot him in the head.
Lam single-handedly arrested the suspect and handcuffed him without firing a shot. He received widespread praise for his non-violent arrest.
Source: Yahoo News