California man who deliberately drove into eight pedestrians and officially faces eight counts of attempted murder was targeting Muslims, Police state.
In California, a man, identified as Isaiah J. Peoples, 34, is charged with intentionally ran into eight pedestrians at an intersection in Sunnyvale, Calif. as he thought some were Muslims, on Tuesday evening, according to AFP.
“Further evidence obtained by the police suggested that Mr. Peoples intentionally targeted the victims based on their race and his belief that they were of the Muslim faith.” Chief Phan Ngo, of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, declared at a news conference on Friday afternoon.
“Three of the victims were minors, and one who is a 13-year-old girl, remained in critical condition.” Chief Ngo added: “Three adults were also hospitalized with serious injuries and were in stable condition. The rest of the victims had been released and it did not appear that Mr. Peoples had been hurt.”
Local media sources mentioned that three of the injuries belong to one family; a father and his daughter and son, providing no details on their nationalities or religions till now.
The run-over is mostly related to a post-traumatic stress disorder that Mr. Peoples had suffered after serving in the Army in Iraq, as Mr. Peoples’s mother stated to the Associated Press.
His mother also added “Unless the car malfunctioned, he would not have done that. He’s like the perfect, model citizen. He’s an Army vet, he’s a good kid, never been arrested. I promise you: It was not deliberate. If anything, it was that Army.”
It is noted that Mr. Peoples served in the US Army from 2004 to 2006 and in the Army Reserve from 2006 to 2008.
“His mental state is going to be the battleground in the case,” his lawyer, Chuck Smith, said, adding: “We’re going to have him evaluated by the best people we can find because, like all veterans, he deserves the best people we can find.”
This one and many and almost daily-repeated accidents demonstrate the racism, oppression, and terror Muslims are vulnerable to around the world.