Ontario Premier Doug Ford says justice must be served "for the horrific act of hatred" that occurred in London, Ont., on Sunday.
Four family members - including a 74-year-old woman, 44-year-old woman, 46-year-old man, and a 15-year-old girl - were killed at a red light around 8:30 p.m. when a large, black truck came up behind the family and struck them at a high speed.
Veltman, described as a London resident, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. "The magnitude of such hatred can make one question who we are as a city, and who we are as Londoners".
The attack was pre-planned and pre-meditated and the suspect was wearing a vest that appeared to be like body armour during the attack, police said.
Paige Martin said she was in her auto stopped at a red light around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday when a large, black truck came up behind her and flew past at high speed. "One 9-year-old male remains in hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries", police said.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it was beyond horrified, saying Muslims in Canada have become all too familiar with the violence of Islamophobia.
He said London police were working with federal police and prosecutors to see about potential terrorism charges.
The names of the victims aren't being released at this time, at the request of family members.
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"Islamophobia and hate have no place in this country".
"Words fail on a day as dark as this but words matter, " Mayor Ed Holder said.
"We understand that this event may cause fear and anxiety in the community, particularly in the Muslim community, in any community targeted by hate", he said.
"This hate is insidious and despicable - and it must stop", Trudeau said Monday evening in a social media post.
The attack, which brought back painful memories of a Quebec City mosque mass shooting in January 2017 and a driving rampage in Toronto that killed 10 people in April 2018, drew swift reactions.
"There was people everywhere and running, just citizens trying to direct the emergency vehicles where to go", she said. "My heart is so broken for them today".
Waight said there is no known connection between Veltman and the family.
"This is a terrorist attack on Canadian soil, and should be treated as such", NCCM head Mustafa Farooq said in a statement.