Two women – aged 74 and 44 – a 46-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl were all killed. They have not been named, in accordance with the wishes of the family. A nine-year-old boy was in the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, said police.
Police named the alleged attacker as Nathanial Veltman, 20, of London, Ontario. He was arrested without incident at a shopping centre about 6km (4.8 miles) from the crime scene.
It is not yet known if the suspect has ties to any hate groups, said Det Supt Waight.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford was among those who paid tribute to the victims, tweeting: “Hate and Islamophobia have NO place in Ontario.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that he was “horrified” by the news.
“To the loved ones of those who were terrorised by yesterday’s act of hatred, we are here for you,” he wrote.
Why did Doug delete his last tweet about this. Is it because it came from Twitter For IPhone and not the Twitter Web App. pic.twitter.com/ezmBLqEtZY— Mark G. 🇨🇦 (@Daytime_Baller) June 7, 2021