UPDATE: 'Dark day:' Police say five pedestrians run down in London, Ont., targeted as Muslims
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.
The horrific incident on Sunday evening left four of them dead and a boy with serious injuries, according to police.
"Words fail on a day as dark as this but words matter,'' Mayor Ed Holder said. "This was an act of mass murder perpetrated against Muslims, against Londoners, and rooted in unspeakable hatred.''
A 20-year-old city man was arrested in the parking lot of a mall seven kilometres away. He now faces four counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder, police said.
Police Chief Steve Williams said relatives had asked no names be released but identified the four victims as a 74-year-old woman, a 46-year-old man, a 44-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl. A nine-year-old boy was in hospital in serious condition.
"We believe that this was an intentional act and that the victims of this horrific incident were targeted because of their Islamic faith,'' Williams said. "All of the victims in this matter are members of the same family."