Four dead after auto hits pedestrians in London, Ont.

Paola Ditto
Giugno 8, 2021

Emergency crews were called to the scene at Hyde Park Road at South Carriage Road at about 8:40 p.m.

"It is believed that these victims were targeted because they were Muslim", Detective Superintendent Paul Waight told a news conference.

Police believe that the five people who were struck by a vehicle were intentionally targeted due to their Islamic faith, reports CTV.

The two adults and one teenaged child later succumbed to their injuries. A nine-year-old boy was in hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, said police.

Superintendent Paul Waight said Monday it's believed the suspect meant to harm the family in what investigators are calling a "premeditated attack, motivated by hate".

Veltman was arrested roughly seven kilometres away from the scene in the parking lot of Cherryhill Village Mall on Oxford Street shortly after the family was struck.

Police believe the collision was a planned hate crime.

Police also confirmed that the suspect wore a vest similar to body armor during the incident Sunday and that potential terrorism charges are being considered.

Police were asking anyone with possible information about the incident to contact them.

Holder referred to the killing of four Muslim pedestrians as an "act of mass murder".

"Hate and Islamaphobia have NO place in Ontario", he said in a tweet.

"Justice must be served for the horrific act of hatred that took place in London, Ontario yesterday". My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends during this hard time. "These heinous acts of violence must stop". There's a new set of lights at the intersection, and there is a new subdivision behind the Peavey Mart. "I want to reassure all Londoners that all of us on the call today and many others stand with you and support you", Williams said. "(The car) had come over the median, come over the other side of the road - it was just out of place at any time but especially on a Sunday evening".

Eyewitness Natasha, who wished only to share her first name, says she was on her way home from the beach with her family at the time of crash. "There were people everywhere and running", said Paige Martin. "People were pointing and screaming and had their arms waving".

Qazi Khalil said he saw the family last Thursday when they were out for their nightly walk. My heart breaks for the family, friends and the entire community.

"The direction of travel hasn't been released at this time", Const. Sandasha Bough said when asked about the vehicle involved in the fatal crash.

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