Wed, Aug 30, 2006 at 9:21:38 am
From KTVU in San Francisco, here’s a little bit of information that somehow failed to make it into any of the media reports on yesterday’s hit and run attacks in San Francisco.
Watch as reporter Rob Roth says a witness heard the suspect refer to himself as a “terrorist,” then without taking a breath tells us this was not an act of terrorism.
UPDATE at 8/30/06 9:41:13 am:
An interesting coincidence (and possible motive for revenge?) from earlier this month, when an elderly man lost control of his car and ran into a crowd outside Omeed Aziz Popal’s mosque: Car injures 11 outside mosque. (Hat tip: Adam.)
A 77-year-old man plowed his car into a group gathered outside a Hayward mosque Friday afternoon, injuring 11, police said.
Because the members of the Abu Bakr Siddiq Mosque mostly belong to the Afghan community, reports of the incident initially sparked fears of a hate crime, but Sgt. Corey Quinn said police are investigating the incident as an accident.
Four of the people hit in the parking lot of the mosque were treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, Quinn said, with seven others declining immediate medical care.
The driver, who was unhurt, was not cited, Quinn said. “It was not on purpose,” Quinn said. “It was one of those things that just happened.”