Crash scene in Sunnyvale

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Suspect Was Driving To Bible Study At Time Of Intentional Crash, Police Say

Scott Lettieri
April 25, 2019 - 12:52 pm

SUNNYVALE — Sunnyvale authorities said that the suspect accused of plowing his car into a group of pedestrians was driving to a Bible study class. 

But so far, investigators said on Thursday that they have not found a motive for why Isaiah Peoples, 34, a Sunnyvale resident and Army veteran, intentionally rammed his car into the crowd after picking up food for members of the Bible class.

"The information that we have from the witnesses at the scene and the physical evidence led us to believe that it was a deliberate act," said Sunnyvale Public Safety Chief Phan Ngo. "We still do not know what his motives were."

Eight people were injured in the Tuesday evening crash and are expected to recover, authorities said. 

An "inoperable shotgun" was found in Peoples' trunk, Ngo said.

Peoples has no criminal record and has been working as a contract finance auditor for the Department of Defense. 

Investigators are exploring if Peoples' alleged history of post-traumatic stress disorder was a factor in the incident.

Peoples appeared disoriented after running down the pedestrians and crashing into a tree, saying "I love you Jesus," and "Thank you, Jesus."

Nothing threatening or significant was found on either of Peoples' Facebook account, Ngo said. 

Authorities charged Peoples with eight counts of attempted murder.