One man was killed and at least 14 others injured, including one child, when a man went on a hit-and-run spree first in Fremont, and then continuing in downtown San Francisco.
Witnesses and authorities say the suspect’s actions were intentional, as they could see him focusing and “aiming” for people. Witnesses also say that he had a “mean look” on his face. Another witness reportedly told Reporter Rob Roth at WTVU-TV that the suspect had referred to himself as “a terrorist”. Although authorities are claiming that this incident “was many things” but “it was not an act of terrorism.”
The Hit-and-Run spree lasted approximately 20 minutes in downtown San Fran. Authorities finally chased down Omeed Aziz Popal, 29 of Fremont, who was driving an SUV, by boxing in his vehicle and taking him into custody at shortly after 1 p.m.
Witnesses say that the suspect was very peaceful as he sat near the scene in handcuffs. One woman featured in a video report stated that if you didn't know what had just happened you never would've been able to tell that this man had committed such a heinous crime immediately before.
Mr. Popal is said to have driven with intent on mowing down pedestrians. Witnesses report that he went the wrong way down one-way streets, and in one case after hitting an elderly man in a crosswalk, made a U-Turn and started back down the street to hit him again.
A witness was able to pull the man to the sidewalk before Popal reached their position. The man who pulled the other out of the way said that when Popal passed he looked at him and appeared to be “angry about something.”