April 23, 2018

10 dead after van hits pedestrians in Toronto, driver in custody: Police

CTV/ABC News(TORONTO) -- Ten people were killed and 15 others injured after a white van rammed pedestrians in Toronto today, police said. The driver is under arrest, Toronto police told ABC News. The suspect was identified as Alek Minassian, 25, sources told ABC News. The attack started at Yonge Street and Finch Avenue, police said. The suspect drove south for nearly 1.5 miles, hitting more people at Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue. The van finally stopped on Poyntz Avenue, just off Yonge Street. Witness Ali Shaker saw the Ryder van jump the sidewalk and said people walking were "crumbled up," he told CTV News. "He’s just hitting people one by one, going down," Shaker said. "It was a nightmare." Another witness Phil Zullo told CTV News he saw “shoes and hats flown everywhere.” Visibly frightened by what he saw, Shaker could barely recount the horror he witnessed. He said he was driving when the incident occurred. "I'm so shaky -- I can't believe this is happening," he said. "This is so unbelievable." Shaker said that he assumed at first that the driver was experiencing some kind of medical emergency and even attempted to try to stop the driver from causing more carnage. "I thought he had a heart attack or something so I was trying to chase him on the way, almost trying to catch up," he told CTV News, adding that the driver was moving fast. "He hit every everybody on the sidewalk; anybody in his way he would hit," Shaker added. "The bus stop -- all shattered. There was a lady in there I saw and I stopped and I looked and I went after and all I see is just crumbling one by one." Another witness said he stopped outside of a building for a smoke break and saw a middle-aged man get struck as he was crossing the street. "As I lit up my cigarette I saw a man walking in the middle of the intersection and a van plowed right into him," the witness, who went by Steve, told CTV News. "I saw the guy go flying... It was just clear as day, just saw the guy get hit by the van and pieces of the van fell off." Afterward, Steve said he rushed into the middle of the street to tend to the injured man "to make sure no other cars struck him." The victim, he said, was around 50, was unconscious "and could barely move." Steve added that the van kept driving and hit others, leaving behind pools of blood. "I saw three or four [people] on the ground around me," he said. "Other people were getting CPR." He's convinced that stopping for the cigarette break saved him, Steve said. "I had just stopped to light the cigarette and if I hadn't done that I would have been killed as well," he said. "I would have been right there with that guy." Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre said it had received seven patients from the scene. Images from the scene show multiple people on the ground. Video showed the moment police confronted the suspect. In the video, a police officer draws his firearm and faces off against the suspect, who appears to be pointing an object. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that while he's "just learning about the situation in Toronto, our hearts go out to any affected. We’re going to obviously have more to learn and more to say in the coming hours." Toronto's Mayor John Tory his "thoughts are with those affected by this incident." He appeared before reporters this afternoon to announce the death toll and said the beautiful weather meant multiple people were out on the street. “There were a lot of pedestrians out … enjoying the sunny afternoon,” the mayor said. Ralph Goodale, the country's minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, called the incident an attack but said he didn't want to speculate when asked if the terrorism was to blame. "We cannot come to any firm conclusions at this stage," he said. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen is in Toronto as part of the G-7 Security Ministerial, which is set to conclude on Tuesday. A senior State Department official told ABC News that the U.S. delegation is safe. Ryder, the brand of rental truck involved in the incident, said in a statement it was saddened by "this tragic event" and extended its "deepest sympathies" to those impacted. The company also stated that it is "cooperating fully with authorities." Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
April 23, 2018

New royal baby follows in footsteps of siblings Prince George, Princess Charlotte with newborn accessory

Karwai Tang/WireImage via Getty Images(LONDON) -- When Prince William and Princess Kate’s newborn made his debut outside a London hospital, he did so in a shawl steeped in royal history. The baby, whose name has not yet been announced, was swaddled in a shawl made by G.H. Hurt & Son, a Nottingham, England-based maker of lace knitwear that was founded in 1912. The company has a “long-standing connection with The Royal Family,” Kensington Palace said in a statement. The newborn’s father, Prince William, and siblings, Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, who turns 3 next week, all had shawls made by G.H. Hurt & Son when they were babies, according to Kensington Palace. The style of shawl seen on William and Kate’s third child was not revealed by Kensington Palace. The company has a collection of around one dozen baby shawls on its website, ranging in price from $50 to as much as $170. George wore a shawl by G.H. Hurt & Son when he made his debut outside St. Mary’s Hospital after his birth in July 2013. The company said in a statement at the time that George wore its Super-fine Merino Wool Christening Shawl, which retails now for around $75. Charlotte was also wrapped in a shawl made by the company when she left St. Mary’s Hospital with William and Kate in May 2015. The princess wore a G.H. Hurt & Son Elegant Soft Wool Baby Shawl, which now retails for around $100, according to the company. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
April 23, 2018

Nine dead after van hits pedestrians in Toronto, driver in custody: Police

iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- Nine people were killed and at least 16 others injured after a white van hit pedestrians in Toronto, Canada, on Monday, police said. The driver is under arrest, Toronto police told ABC News. Witness Ali Shaker said he saw the Ryder van jump the sidewalk and people walking were "crumbled up," he told CTV News. "He’s just hitting people one by one, going down," Shaker said. "It was a nightmare." Another witness Phil Zullo told CTV News he saw “shoes and hats flown everywhere.” Visibly frightened by what he saw, Shaker could barely recount the horror he witnessed. He said he was driving when the incident occurred. "I'm so shaky -- I can't believe this is happening," he said. "This is so unbelievable." Shaker said that he assumed at first that the driver was experiencing some kind of medical emergency and even attempted to try to stop the driver from causing more carnage. "I thought he had a heart attack or something so I was trying to chase him on the way, almost trying to catch up," he told CTV News, adding that the driver was moving fast. "He hit every everybody on the sidewalk; anybody in his way he would hit," Shaker added. "The bus stop -- all shattered. There was a lady in there I saw and I stopped and I looked and I went after and all I see is just crumbling one by one." Another witness said he stopped outside of a building for a smoke break and saw a middle-aged man get struck as he was crossing the street. "As I lit up my cigarette I saw a man walking in the middle of the intersection and a van plowed right into him," the witness, who went by Steve, told CTV News. "I saw the guy go flying... It was just clear as day, just saw the guy get hit by the van and pieces of the van fell off." Afterward, Steve said he rushed into the middle of the street to tend to the injured man "to make sure no other cars struck him." The victim, he said, was around 50, was unconscious "and could barely move." Steve added that the van kept driving and hit others, leaving behind pools of blood. "I saw three or four [people] on the ground around me," he said. "Other people were getting CPR." He's convinced that stopping for the cigarette break saved him, Steve said. "I had just stopped to light the cigarette and if I hadn't done that I would have been killed as well," he said. "I would have been right there with that guy." Police have not identified the driver. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre said it had received seven patients from the scene. Multiple police vehicles could be seen where the incident occurred. Images from the scene show multiple people on the ground. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that while he's "just learning about the situation in Toronto, our hearts go out to any affected. We’re going to obviously have more to learn and more to say in the coming hours." Toronto's Mayor John Tory his "thoughts are with those affected by this incident." He appeared before reporters announcing the death toll and that the amount of people outside taking in the pleasant splendor of the day. “There were a lot of pedestrians out… enjoying the sunny afternoon,” the mayor said. Ralph Goodale, the country's minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, called the incident very serious but said he didn't want to speculate when asked if the terrorism was to blame. "We cannot come to any firm conclusions at this stage," he said. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen is in Toronto as part of the G-7 Security Ministerial, which is set to conclude on Tuesday. A senior State Department official told ABC News that the U.S. delegation is safe. Ryder, the brand of rental truck involved in the incident, said in a statement it was saddened by "this tragic event" and extended its "deepest sympathies" to those impacted. The company also stated that it is "cooperating fully with authorities." Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
April 23, 2018

Boy says he used parents’ credit cards to go on Bali getaway after argument with mother

iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- After getting into a fight with his mother, a 12-year-old boy apparently managed to hop on a plane and go on vacation to Bali using his parents' credit cards without them knowing. "I wanted to go on an adventure," the boy told Australia's 9News in an exclusive interview that aired Monday on the network's TV show "A Current Affair." The Australian boy, whose identity was not revealed for privacy concerns, said he was upset over an argument he had with his mother. So, he said, he nabbed his family's credit cards and tried twice to book a flight from Sydney to Bali with two different airlines, but was told he needed a letter from a consenting parent in order to travel alone, according to 9News. When his parents found out about the two attempts to fly alone overseas, they alerted the Australian Federal Police. "We were told his passport would be flagged," the boy's mother, identified only as Emma, told 9News in the interview. The boy tried to book a flight to the Indonesian island again, this time with Jetstar Airways. It worked. He quickly packed his backpack and took a train to Sydney Airport, where he used a self-service check-in kiosk to collect his ticket and hopped on a connecting flight to Perth. From there, the boy used his passport and student ID to board a second plane to Bali, according to 9News. "I got the deal cheap," he told 9News. When he touched down at the international airport in Bali's capital city, Denpasar, immigration and customs officials asked to see his passport and whether he was traveling with anyone. "I said, 'No, my mum is waiting outside because she lives in Bali and I'm going to meet her outside,'" the boy told 9News. They stamped his passport and let him through. Bali was a place the boy had visited frequently with his family for vacations, but never on his own, according to 9News. "I was a bit worried," he admitted. "But I still had adrenaline from being so angry at mom just to not care." The boy checked in to the All Seasons hotel near Legian Beach, where he had booked a room with his parents' credit cards, and told the front desk staff that his older sister would be staying with him, but he was checking in early. Then, he rented a motorbike and spent four days enjoying all that Bali has to offer -- white sand beaches, lively restaurants, souvenir shops and a backdrop of volcanic mountains. The boy told 9News he even bought a beer and drank it on the beach, though he's only 12. Neither Jetstar Airways or the All Seasons hotel in Bali immediately responded to ABC News' requests for comment Monday. The boy, who had been reported missing by his parents, was ignoring the barrage of frantic calls and messages to his cellphone. But the device apparently revealed his location when he posted a video on social media of him jumping into the hotel pool. That's when the Australian Federal Police contacted his family with the news. The boy's mother told 9News she was "shocked" and "disgusted." "He just doesn't like the word 'no,' and that's what I got, a kid in Indonesia," Emma said. "It's too easy, it's way too easy. There's a problem with our system." That day, an official from the Australian-Consulate General in Bali as well as a Balinese police officer were waiting for the boy at his hotel when he returned from the beach, according to 9News. The boy told them he would go collect his things from his hotel room. Instead, he locked himself in there and shuttered the windows. "I was a bit scared," he told 9News. "I didn't know what was going to happen." But police were able to get into the room by unscrewing a window. Consular staff stayed with the boy at the Balinese police station overnight while his parents hurriedly hopped on a plane to collect their son, according to 9News. "We still are in shock," the boy's mother told 9News. "We sit here thinking, 'How did this happen?' Considering we screamed, we begged for help." The Australian Federal Police did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Monday. Now back at home in Sydney with his family, the boy told 9News he had never thought about the dangers of traveling abroad alone but said he knows never to do it again. "I know I'll get in a lot of trouble next time," he said. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.