Multiple Pedestrian Fatalities in London Crash

08 Juin, 2021, 00:19 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • London Ont. police at the scene after multiple people were hit by a vehicle

A nine-year-old boy is recovering in hospital from serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at Hyde Park Road at South Carriage Road at about 8:40 p.m.

Police arrested Veltman a short time later in the parking lot of a mall seven kilometres away near Oxford Street West and Cherryhill Boulevard.

About a dozen police officers searched the crash scene on Monday as they slowly combed the area looking for evidence.

Police would not specify why they believe the attack was hate motivated, but said they gathered evidence "from a variety of sources".

A family of five Muslims out for an evening early summer stroll were mowed down by a driver in an "act of mass murder", the mayor of London, Ont., said on Monday. -Insp. Paul Waight during the briefing.

"This is a terrorist attack on Canadian soil, and should be treated as such", said council head Mustafa Farooq. Waight added there is no known previous connection between the accused and the victims. The names of the victims are not being released yet at the request of the family.

"It is believed that these victims were targeted because they were Muslim..."

"My vehicle shook, so did the auto next to me, and someone rolled down their window to ask if I was alright", she told CTV News London.

"These were innocent human beings who were killed simply because they were Muslim", said community spokesperson Nawaz Tahir.

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"Islamophobia and hate have no place in this country. We will respond to those trying to inflict terror on our community with love".

Police have scheduled a news conference with more details for Monday afternoon.

London's Mayor Ed Holder called the attack "an act of mass murder" Monday.

Eyewitness Natasha, who wished only to share her first name, says she was on her way home from the beach with her family at the time of crash. She said her vehicle shook.

"(My daughter) was saying when we were home: "the (child) was crying mommy, and it's dark now".

"There were people everywhere. There was a lot of pointing and screaming and arm waving".

Almost a dozen officers could be seen walking side-by-side looking for evidence.

Hyde Park Road was closed between Sarnia and Gainsborough roads as police conducted their investigation.

"I can't get the sound of the screams out of my head", Martin said. "I'm very shaken up knowing there's kids, multiple kids".

Qazi Khalil said he saw the family last Thursday when they were out for their nightly walk. "They were just out for their walk that they would go out for everyday".

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