Driver crashes his vehicle into an Islamic Hijab (headbag) store, injuring 12. Police are investigating whether a van was deliberately driven into an Islamic clothing shop in Sydney’s southwest.
Daily Mail (h/t Sara S) Twelve people, including the driver, were injured when a Mitsubishi SUV ploughed into Hijab House on Waterloo Road and Juno Parade in Greenacre just after 3pm on Thursday.
Police said the car crashed into another vehicle stopped at the traffic lights moments before driving into the busy store.
Most of the victims are believed to be Muslim women aged between 18 and 30 and were in the store shopping at the time of the crash. So far, one victim in a serious condition.
A 51-year-old man with a history of driving offences was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital, where he will undergo blood and urine tests to check whether he was under the influence of any substances at the time of the crash, Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell said on Thursday night.
Police superintendent Murray Reynolds told 2GB he believed the crash may have been deliberate. ‘It does appear that it’s [been] done deliberately but potentially it could be a medical episode,’ he said.
‘The scene itself it obviously quite chaotic… I’m grateful no one was killed.’
A spokesman for Hijab House confirmed both customers and staff were injured in the crash. ‘A number of our customers and staff members were injured. The community is shaken and management is working to make sense of this tragedy,’ the spokesman said.
‘At this stage motives are unknown. The important thing is everyone is still alive.’