Van strikes pedestrians in Toronto

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9:41 p.m. ET, April 23, 2018

US Vice President Pence: "The American people stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our neighbors"

US Vice President Mike Pence tweeted tonight about the deadly van strike in Toronto.

The vice president said:

9:42 p.m. ET, April 23, 2018

10 dead in Toronto incident

Authorities now say 10 people were killed and 15 were injured in today's van incident in Toronto.

Sources have identified the driver of the van that plowed into multiple pedestrians as Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill.

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8:11 p.m. ET, April 23, 2018

Eyewitness: "It was like a scene from a war zone"

Diego DeMatos was on his way to the gym this afternoon when he saw a van plow into pedestrians.

DeMatos told CNN's Erin Burnett that he pulled over to assist a man who had been hit. He tried to perform on the man.

"As I am doing it, the guy I was trying to help was dead, so he died in our arms," he said.

DeMatos said he and other bystanders covered the man with a woman's scarf, and waited for police.

"It was like a scene from a war zone," he said. "There was garbage cans everywhere, broken bus shelters and mailboxes on the ground. It was just a horrific scene. It was really, really horrible."

7:45 p.m. ET, April 23, 2018

Toronto Maple Leafs hold moment of silence at playoff game

The Toronto Maple Leafs held a moment of silence tonight before their NHL Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Boston Bruins.

After the moment of silence for today's victims, Martina Ortiz-Luis sung the Canadian national anthem and the crowd sang along. 

Watch the moment:

7:21 p.m. ET, April 23, 2018

The Toronto van driver has been identified

From CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz

A US official confirmed and sources tell CNN partner CTV the driver who ran down pedestrians in Toronto today has been identified as Alek Minassian.

Minassian is in Canadian custody, sources said. 

The US official tells CNN the motive for the attack is still unknown.

6:59 p.m. ET, April 23, 2018

Toronto mayor: "Our city denounces this and all acts of violence"

Toronto Mayor John Tory encouraged residents tonight to support those affected by today's van incident.

“My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the nine people killed and 16 injured in today’s cowardly and incomprehensible attack in Toronto," he said in a statement.

Tory said the city was working with government officials "to ensure the safety of all Toronto residents."

"Our city denounces this and all acts of violence and we are united in our grief over this devastating loss of life," he said. "I encourage the people of Toronto to come together in support of those affected by this tragedy and those working to keep us safe — in particular to help the police by providing information."

Tory urged people to "avoid speculation" about the police investigation.

"Instead, we should show the world that Toronto is a city that will not be cowed, will not be afraid, and will not waver in the values we hold dear," he said

 

6:24 p.m. ET, April 23, 2018

Facebook activates safety check for Toronto incident

Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature for the van incident in Toronto.

The feature that lets people mark themselves as safe in emergencies.

To check in, visit Facebook here.

5:58 p.m. ET, April 23, 2018

Security measures at tonight's Toronto Maple Leafs game will be increased

The Toronto Maple Leafs issued a statement on today's deadly van incident.

The Maple Leafs are hosting the Boston Bruins tonight in Game 6 of their NHL Stanley Cup Playoff series.

The hockey team said security measures will be increased at tonight's game "to create the safest environment" for fans.

Here's the team's statement:

The Toronto Maple Leafs and (Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment) are keeping all of those impacted by today’s tragic incident in Toronto in our thoughts and prayers. Our organization continuously works in close partnership with Toronto Police Service, and other security agencies, to ensure the safety of all fans attending games at Air Canada Centre, including playoff tailgate events at Maple Leaf Square. In addition to the safety measures already in place, Toronto Police Service will be implementing a number of additional measures including road closures surrounding Air Canada Centre tonight to create the safest environment for our fans watching in Maple Leaf Square, as well as providing enhanced security inside Air Canada Centre
6:27 p.m. ET, April 23, 2018

Driver in van incident was previously known to Toronto authorities, source says

From CNN's Jim Sciutto 

The driver in the van incident was previously known to Toronto authorities, according to a US law enforcement official who was briefed on the matter.