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Indian-Origin family targeted in a car attack, believed they were Muslims

by Webdesk

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SUNNYWALE: A driver who used his car to intentionally ran down a group of pedestrians on April 22 in Northern California attacked people he believed were Muslims, police said.


New evidence shows that Isaiah Joel Peoples also targeted the crowd based on race, Sunnyvale, California, Police Chief Phan Ngo told reporters on March 26. But Ngo refused to discuss the evidence or provide more details about the investigation.


Peoples, 34, An African American Iraq War veteran have been charged with eight counts of attempted murder for allegedly driving his vehicle into pedestrians in Sunnyvale earlier this week. If convicted, Peoples faces up to life in prison.


His lawyer Chucks Smith disputed that the crash was intentional, saying that “this act was clearly the result of a mental disorder or defect”, Mercury News reported.

 

Peoples, who had been a sergeant in the US Army, served 11 months in Iraq and had received several awards including a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the newspaper added.

Police are now treating the crash as a hate crime. They said they believe the driver, Isaiah Joel Peoples, targeted the family, and believed to be South Asian, purely based on their appearance. Three family members — the father, a 13-year-old daughter and her 9-year-old brother — were among the eight people injured in the crash.


A 13-year-old girl identified as Dhriti was in a coma and fighting for her life after the attack. She was a seventh-grade student at Sunnyvale Middle School, suffered bleeding and swelling of the brain, and the left side of her skull was removed to relieve pressure, the Mercury News reported, quoting a court document.

 

A gofundme.com campaign was started to support Dhriti.

 

With input of cnn and Mercury News.

 

Picture : Screenshot.


 

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