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Isaiah Joel Peoples, 34, of Sunnyvale, is suspected of driving into a crowd of pedestrians at El Camino Real and Sunnyvale Avenue in Sunnyvale on April 23, 2019, injuring eight, in what police say might have been an intentional act. (Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Iraq War veteran deliberately drove into a group of pedestrians because he thought some of the people were Muslim, California authorities said Friday.

Isaiah Joel Peoples, 34, faces eight counts of attempted murder for injuring eight people, including four who remain hospitalized. The most seriously injured is a 13-year-old Sunnyvale girl of South Asian descent who is in a coma with severe brain trauma.

“New evidence shows that the defendant intentionally targeted the victims based on their race and his belief that they were of the Muslim faith,” Sunnyvale police chief Phan Ngo said.

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