A 20-year-old man wearing a vest “like body armor” fled the scene of the carnage Sunday evening, but was arrested at a mall about four miles from the intersection in London, 安大略省, Detective Superintendent Paul Waight said Monday.
Nathaniel Veltman, of London, faces four counts of first-degree 谋杀. 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 reported.
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.