The 25-year-old man arrested for Monday’s deadly van attack in Toronto has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder.
Alek Minassian made an appearance in court Tuesday morning and also faces 13 attempted murder charges.
The Richmond Hill, Ontario, resident is accused of driving a van along a busy sidewalk in Toronto which has left 10 people dead.
The incident also injured 15 others.
In comments Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale both said the attack has no apparent link to terrorism.
A memorial near where the incident took place on the east side of Yonge Street continues to grow with candles, flowers and messages of support to the victims in Monday’s attack.
One of the victims has been identified as Anne Marie D’Amico, who was mentioned by Toronto city councillor Cesar Palacio during a meeting at city hall.
Palacio said he’s been in touch with D’Amico’s parents, who are his constituents.
Numerous GoFundMe fundraising campaigns have started for the victims.
U.S. President Donald Trump has offered his condolences to the victims of the attack.
While meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House Tuesday morning, Trump said his nation’s hearts are grieving with Canadian families, calling the incident a “horrendous tragedy”.
Much of the talk in Toronto is focused on the actions of a police officer who refused to shoot the suspect while trying to make an arrest.
Toronto police officer who singlehandedly arrested van driver identified as Constable Ken Lam. Repeatedly ordered man to 'get down' despite being threatened with what driver said was a gun.
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) April 24, 2018
A video surfaced of the suspect being taken down after pointing what appears to be a gun at the officer.
The suspect makes gun-drawing motions with the object in his hand but the officer, identified as Constable Ken Lam, refuses to shoot, ordering the man to “get down” instead.
Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack called the officer’s actions as “one shining moment” in an otherwise horrific day.
The officer told McCormack his actions were quote “no big deal.”
With files from the Canadian Press and CBC.