California: Suspect accused of plowing car into crowd thought victims were Muslim


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An Iraq War veteran with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder who injured eight people by plowing his car through a crosswalk targeted the victims based on their race and his belief they might be Muslim, California authorities said Friday afternoon.

Isaiah Joel Peoples, 34, faces eight counts of attempted murder. Four victims of Tuesday’s crash remain hospitalized, including a 13-year-old Sunnyvale girl of South Asian descent who is in a coma with severe brain trauma. Three adults also remain hospitalized with injuries that include broken limbs and fractures.

The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety tweeted: “Late yesterday [Thursday] afternoon, DPS obtained evidence regarding the motive behind Peoples’ criminal act. He targeted the victims based on their race and his belief that they were of the Muslim Faith. We will be providing support to our diverse communities.”

“Our community stands unified against these senseless acts of violence motivated by hate, and we strongly condemn them,” Sunnyvale Mayor Larry Klein said in a statement. “Sunnyvale takes pride in the incredible diversity of people who form the rich fabric of our city. We embrace our community of many backgrounds and beliefs, and we will continue to define ourselves by openness and acceptance for all.”

Sunnyvale police chief Phan Ngo said Friday that the investigation into Peoples, a former U.S. Army sharpshooter who was deployed to Iraq in 2005 and 2006, is ongoing.

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