Un hombre de 20 años con chaleco. “como una armadura corporal” huyó de la escena de la carnicería el domingo por la noche, pero fue arrestado en un centro comercial a unas cuatro millas de la intersección en Londres, Ontario, Detective Superintendent Paul Waight said Monday.
Nathaniel Veltman, of London, faces four counts of first-degree asesinato. Police said he did not know the victims.
“There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act, motivated by hate. It is believed that these victims were targeted because they were Muslim,” Waight told reporters, noting that the suspect’s social media postings were reviewed by police, AFP informó.
He said investigators had not determined if the suspect was a member of any specific hate group — and added that police were working with federal authorities to see about potential terrorism charges.
The family issued a statement identifying the victims as Salman Afzal, 46, his wife Madiha, 44, their daughter Yumna, 15, and a 74-year-old grandmother whose name was withheld.
The hospitalized boy was identified as Fayez.