Canadian Police Say Family Run Down by Truck Were Targeted as Muslims

London Ont. police at the scene after multiple people were hit by a vehicle

A nine-year-old boy was in hospital in serious condition. "There is no tolerance in this community who are motivated by hate target others with violence".

Friends told AP the family had immigrated from Pakistan 14 years ago and were generous members of the London Muslim Mosque. "We believe the victims were targeted due to their Islamic faith".

The London Police Service wrote in a release that the incident occurred at the intersection of Hyde Park and South Carriage roads. Another woman, one man, and a teenager all passed away in hospital.

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.

Police arrested the suspected attacker, 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman, on Sunday.

He says hate and Islamophobia have no place in Ontario.

"Justice must be served for the horrific act of hatred that took place in London, Ontario yesterday. These heinous acts of violence must stop".

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.

"This was an act of mass murder, perpetrated against Muslims, against Londoners, and rooted in unspeakable hatred". "My heart is just so broken for them", she said. "I stand in solidarity with Muslim Canadians affected by this tragedy".

Why it matters: The attack comes amid growing concerns over Islamophobia across Canada.

Police were asking anyone with possible information about the incident to contact them. He has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Four members of a Muslim family were killed in a "premeditated" vehicle attack on Sunday, Canadian police say.

"Words are not enough to express the sorrow and anger we are all feeling in the wake of news that three generations of a family were targeted and killed by a hateful act of Islamophobic terror in London this week", said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. I pray for their loved ones.

One woman at a nearby house said she often walks her two-year-old grandson on Hyde Park Road, leaving her rattled by the crash.

Eyewitness Paige Martin told reporters a black truck blasted past her and ran a red light as she was walking, and then she came upon the scene and saw "chaos": "It was just absolutely like something that you never want to see". She said her auto shook from the force.

"Hate can not win, and every person in Canada must feel safe in their identity", she said.

"I can't get the sound of the screams out of my head", Martin said. Around midnight she watched an official drape a sheet over a body. Eleven police officers formed a line and slowly walked in unison through the scene, scouring the ground for evidence.