A 20-year-old man was charged Monday with four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in a hit and run Sunday involving a pickup truck, in what London, Ont., police believe was a targeted attack on a Muslim family of five.
Terrorism charges are also possible against Nathanial Veltman, 20, of London, said Det.-Insp. Paul Waight at a news conference.
Veltman appeared in court via video link Monday afternoon.
“There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act and that the family was targeted because of their Muslim faith,” said Waight.
“This is a devastating loss of four members of our community,” added police Chief Steve Williams at an afternoon news conference.
The vehicle struck the family at 8:40 p.m. ET Sunday as they walked along Hyde Park Road, in northwest London.