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Nathaniel Veltman accused of running a black van over five family members, killing four people, and seriously injuring a 9-year-old boy in a city in Ontario on Sunday; He attacked them for being Muslim, police said Monday With. The mayor of the town called the act “mass murder.”
Police in London, Ontario, citing witnesses, said that Veltman jumped the curb in his vehicle on Sunday, struck five family members, ranging in age from 9 to 74, and then drove off at high speed.
He is 20 years old.
Nathaniel Veltman Kills Four Muslim Family Members
“Based on the information gathered during the investigation, we believe that it was on purpose and that the victims of this terrible accident were the target,” London Police Chief Steve Williams told reporters on Monday. “We believe the victims were targeted because of their Islamic beliefs.”
Investigation superintendent Paul Waight said police arrested suspect Nathaniel Veltman on Sunday in a shopping mall parking lot four miles from the scene, “wearing a vest that looked like armour.” The 20-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.
Police are in contact with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to determine if the terrorism allegations should be prosecuted, Waight said.
Veltman, a resident of London who was arrested after the incident, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. He is due back in court on Thursday after being remanded to custody on Monday.
“There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act, motivated by hate,” Detective Superintendent Paul Waight of the London police department told reporters.
“We believe the victims were targeted because of their Islamic faith,” Waight said.
He added that police in London – 200 km (120 miles) southwest of Toronto – consulted with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and prosecutors about potentially filing terrorism charges.
The suspect does not have a criminal record and is not known to be a member of a hate group, police said. He was arrested in a mall parking lot without incident while wearing a body-armour-type vest, police said. There is no evidence he had any accomplices. It was not immediately known if the suspect had hired a lawyer.
Police have not yet released the victims’ names, but the London Free Press said that among the dead were Syed Afzaal, 46, his wife, Madiha Salman, 44, and their 15-year-old daughter, Yumnah Afzaal. Syed Afzaal’s 74-year-old mother, whose name is not yet confirmed, also died. Their 9-year-old son, Faez Afzaal, is in the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The family immigrated from Pakistan about 14 years ago, according to media reports.
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A GoFundMe campaign supporting members of the victims’ family had already raised almost C$120,000 ($99,000) in one hour.
A vigil has been organized at a local mosque on Tuesday night to remember the victims.
“This is a terrorist attack on Canadian soil, and should be treated as such,” said Mustafa Farooq, head of the National Council of Canadian Muslims.