'Hate crime': US driver targeted family because they looked Muslim

By AFP
Published: April 27, 2019
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Eight people were injured when 34-year-old military veteran Isaiah Peoples drove into a crowd near San Francisco. PHOTO:  Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety

Eight people were injured when 34-year-old military veteran Isaiah Peoples drove into a crowd near San Francisco. PHOTO: Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety

LOS ANGELES: A California man who deliberately drove into a crowd of people, injuring eight, did so because he thought they were Muslim, police said Friday.

The driver, 34-year-old Isaiah Peoples, reportedly targeted the family solely on their appearance, according to police in Sunnyvale, near San Francisco, who are now treating the case as a “hate crime”.

“There is new evidence that Peoples intentionally targeted victims based on their race and belief that they were Muslim,” said Sunnyvale Public Security in a statement.

According to local media, three members of the same family are among the eight pedestrians injured Tuesday — a father and his son and daughter.

The nationality and religion of the family have not been released.

A lawyer for Peoples said the incident “was clearly the result of a mental disorder”, and he would seek psychiatric treatment for his client – who he described as a military veteran possibly suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

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  • Ishrat salim
    Apr 27, 2019 - 5:35PM

    O ye, if it was done by a Muslim, American media would not wait for a second to link him as terrorism, but since mr people’s is a non Muslim, he is being described as mentally unstable, very good !Recommend

  • candy
    Apr 27, 2019 - 7:32PM

    He’s lucky he didn’t do that in Texas – they would execute him pronto. While Calif has the death penalty it’s liberal Governors have refused to execute anyone for decades. Recommend

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