Muslim family members targeted in fatal hit and run, police say, driver charged with murder

Source: CBC

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.

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