As per eyewitnesses, the man is said to have circled the block a few times before running into the crowd. The man has since been released from custody with no charges.
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Six people waiting at a bus stop were hospitalized after a van driver drove into a crowd. News sites report that the incident, which took place in Minneapolis, has left at least three persons in critical conditions. A witness who taped the incident claimed that the van driver, who is said to be white, 'intentionally' drove into the people waiting at the bus stop because they were black.
It’s being reported that a van crashed into a bus stop in Minneapolis, injuring people inside. Eye witnesses are saying it was a very deliberate attack by a racist and that he circled the block a few times before intentionally mowing them down with his van pic.twitter.com/plmLHBrBqC— SAVOY🇺🇸 (@thesavoyshow) July 9, 2019
As of now, the only information on the driver was his age. Reports state that he was taken into custody before being released without facing any charges. However, witnesses to the incident stand strongly by the fact that the van driver intentionally drove into a crowd of black people.
While other news sites that have reported the incident have made no mention of the reason behind the attack, Twitter account The Savoy Show claims that witnesses of the incident stated that the man in the van carried out a racist attack on the group of black people waiting at the bus stand. As per eyewitnesses, the man is said to have circled the block a few times before running through the crowd.
Authorities confirmed that the driver responsible for the accident was not being chased. According to a report by The Star Tribune, the driver of the tan van had clipped the mirror of a bus that had stopped at the stand. The driver then reversed the vehicle, clipping the bus's mirror again before crashing into the crowd waiting at the bus stand.
There has been increased racial tension in Minneapolis, with the most recent point of contention being the unfair arraignment of a black police officer who was sentenced for shooting and killing a white woman. The sentencing was a stark contrast to the way other police shootings were dealt with.
Witnesses to the bus stand incident said that after the crash, the driver got out of the van and just 'stood there showing no remorse'.