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Hit and Run in San Francisco


Photo: KNBC-TV

The SF Gate reports:

As many as 14 people were injured this afternoon by a motorist who drove around San Francisco running them down before he was arrested, authorities said.

Seven of those injured were in critical condition, police and firefighters said.

Authorities have identified the man who was arrested as Ohmeed Aziz Popal, who has addresses in Ceres (Stanislaus County) and Fremont.

Authorities said they believe Popal was the same driver who ran over and killed a 55-year-old man walking in a bicycle lane in Fremont, at Fremont Boulevard near Ferry Lane, just after noon. That crash scene is blocks from Popal's Fremont address, where he had most recently been living.

Popal was arrested at a Walgreens at Spruce and California streets.

In San Francisco, the attacks began around 1 p.m., but it was unclear in what order:

• Two people, one of them a child, were critically injured around by a sport-utility vehicle on the 3500 block of California Street in the Richmond District.

• Three people were hit at California and Fillmore streets. Witnesses said they included a man with a broken hip and a woman with a gashed head.

• Two people were seriously hurt at Bush and Pierce streets and one person was seriously injured at Bush and Buchanan streets, police said. One person suffered minor injuries in an incident at 1850 Fillmore Street.

• Two other people suffered minor injuries when they were hit at Pine at Divisadero streets, and another two were hit and suffered minor injuries at Divisadero and Bush Street.


Police say one person was killed and at least 13 were injured when a man struck pedestrians with his sport utility vehicle in the San Francisco Bay area.

San Francisco police say the SUV driver deliberately ran into pedestrians and motorists at several locations. Police arrested the driver, who's from suburban Fremont, where they believe he struck and killed a pedestrian.

An aide to San Francisco's mayor says the driver then headed into the city, where he injured at least 13 people over a 20-minute span in several neighborhoods. Three victims are in critical condition.

Police are trying to figure out a motive for the attacks, which ended when officers managed to box in the Honda Pilot. It came to a stop in the middle of a street, its front end and windshield smashed in.

The injured driver is reported in stable condition. The mayor's aide identifies him as Omeed Popal.

AJ Strata:

The scene in San Fransisco today of a man mowing down people with his car is eerily reminiscent of the Muslim student who used the same weapon (an SUV) to attempt to kill students in his little version of Jihad against the West...The earlier incident was in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in March of this year. Can't help but notice the commonalities.

Update: Hugh Hewitt is getting reports that Mr. Popal did his hitting and running in a Jewish neighborhood and that one of the victims was run down in in front of a Jewish Community Center.

Update II: The American Thinker:

A run amok driver mowed down pedestrians in San Francisco today, and is believed to have done the same in nearby Fremont earlier. His name has finally been released, and Bookworm has done a little sleuthing, finding that his name is common in Afghanistan. Obviously, no conclusions can be drawn, but you can be fairly sure that the local and national media will not be interested in pursuing any possible terror angle.


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Comments (25)

If you're going to San Fran... (Below threshold)

If you're going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you're going to San Francisco
You're gonna meet some gentle people there...

Things sure have changed, haven't they?

Move along people. Nothing ... (Below threshold)

Move along people. Nothing to see here. No terrorist. Just a member of a broad spectrum of society who went a little wrong.

This is an attack on Jews i... (Below threshold)

This is an attack on Jews in a Jewish neighborhood.

Why is it now an act of ter... (Below threshold)

Why is it now an act of terrorism, no matter who was involved? Thousands of people are walking around looking behind them, that is the result of 'terrorism'.

This creep is in Stable con... (Below threshold)

This creep is in Stable condition? I am disappointed in the SFPD.

Still no reporting from the... (Below threshold)

Still no reporting from the MSN. Google news only returns a link to this page.

the national media seems to... (Below threshold)

the national media seems to be focusing on the hurricane. this story is a flash in the pan and nobody's going to follow up to determine whether the guy actually was a muslim male aged 17 to 45 who is typically responsible for acts like this.

It's too bad the first thin... (Below threshold)

It's too bad the first thing most of us think of is this might be a Muslim.

However, that instinct may help keep us alive one day, depending on which threats next present themselves.

That's life. That's survival. I plan on staying alive as long as possible, terrorists or not.

The Broad Strata strikes ag... (Below threshold)

The Broad Strata strikes again.

How long before some muslim... (Below threshold)

How long before some muslim hits the media saying he hopes there is no violence against muslims as a result of this.

As a occasional commentor l... (Below threshold)

As a occasional commentor living in the "Belly of the Beast", I can comment on this since I live about 12 blocks from the area. Although I would not call it a "Jewish Neighborhood", it is a wealthy neighborhood. The fact that he attacked 2 right outside the new JCC though, and then attacked others with 5 blocks of it does raise eyebrows. Perhaps the most distrubing part is his calm attitide. A witness I heard on a radio show said that when he was arrested he did not resist and acted like he was just being taken in for a minor offense, and was calm and stoic the whole time. That is what worries me the most, since only someone with a deep found belief or a serious mental disorder would do that after running down everyone he could. Notice also he drove from Fremont to SF to that JCC, about a 60 min drive without traffic. Must have just been a coincidence...
Ah, the liberal paradise city.

Still nothing up on CAIR.co... (Below threshold)

Still nothing up on CAIR.com website, save this:

National Faith Leaders to Mark 9/11 with DC 'Unity Walk' 8/29/2006
CAIR Calls for FBI Probe of MN Mosque Arson 8/26/2006
CAIR to Host Dinner for Former President of Iran 8/24/2006
CAIR Welcomes Ruling on NSA Wiretaps / Decision a 'Victory for the Constitution' 8/18/2006
'Israel Lobby' Authors to Speak at DC Press Club Forum 8/18/2006

Religion of peace, trust us we're Muslims, blah, blah, bang, you're dead!

Reporting on this from a re... (Below threshold)

Reporting on this from a religious, ethnic angle, before there are any facts supporting religious or ethnic motivation on the part of the accused, is nothing short of racist. It's un-American.

I read the site lend incorr... (Below threshold)

I read the site lend incorrectly Omeed Azziz Popal is 29. But the Story could be even stranger. Brothers Farid and Farhad Popal moved to fremont Ca in 1999 after the disappearance of a 24 y.o. Afghani Law student in New York. They were convicted on 2003 of the Murder. Is there a connection with the person who went on the Ramage? The Story follows with links and my investigative thread. It is posted at the Ski Resort www.PowderTracks.com if you think it is worthy of being worked up by the Blogosphere?... Francis

Farid and Farhad Popal had moved to Fremont California(Joe Bob Briggs Report April 2003) after Samiya Haqiqi, a beautiful 24 year Afghan honors Law Student(picture) disappeared after she dumped Farhid Popal and refused to marry him.
Investigators think that Haqiqi's boyfriend learned about her rekindled relationship with a previous boyfriend prior to November 12 and was angered by the news.
Both men were indicted for Murder!

Samiya Haqiqi, a beautiful 24-year-old Afghan honors student at Quinnipiac University Law School in Hamden, Connecticut, went home to visit her parents in Queens, New York, and agreed to meet with her boyfriend, Farid (John) Popal, in a shopping plaza, but only to tell him she had decided not to marry him. She was never seen again. Popal and his brother, Farhad Popal, moved to Fremont, California, after Haqiqi's disappearance, leaving behind a fistful of her hair in the transmission repair shop where Farhad Popal worked. Even though no body was recovered, a grand jury indicted both men for her murder, reasoning that locks of hair are not always keepsakes.

Here is a free Farid Popal Site...

Is there a relationship between 29 year old Omeed Aziz Popal also of Fremont California who went on a Wild SUV Ramage killing at least 1 person and running over 15 more innocents folks?

Is there a connection with THE PEOPLE vs OMEED AZZIZ POPAL,
Omeed Azziz Popal was a defendant #769792 filed on 3/14/2005 for a Traffic Infraction in the City of Turlock heard at the Stanislaus County Superior Court in November 2005
Is there a connection between the people with the same Surname from Fremont California and who are of Afghani heritage? Who was the boyfriend of Samiya Haqiqi, the murdered 24 year Afghani Law Student for which Farid Popal was convicted in 2003?

Of course, Lee, sticking on... (Below threshold)

Of course, Lee, sticking one head up one own...armpit...that's the real American way.

Of course, he's Islamic. But you can contniue to live in denial about the nature of the enemy, as long as it helps your side win the election this fall and in '08, right?

Un-American my rear end.

So, let's not track their finances, and let's not profile them in our transportation and immigration, and let's not listen into phone calls from numbers oversees known to be connected to these Islamofascisti, especially if the other person in this country is a Muslim.

Yes, I realize this is alomst certainly an
"isolated act", not ordered by Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, or any other Islamic terror group. that's NOT my point.

Once again, for the logic-impaired.
Very few Muslims are terrorists.
Nearly all terrorist acts in modern times are being committed by believers in Islam, if one ignores the Leftist/Islamic tactic of redfining the word "terrorism" to include the foreign and military polices of the U.S. and Israel.

That's not going to change, no matter was verbal tactic you come up with, now, or in the future.

YES. Popal is Muslim. He ju... (Below threshold)

YES. Popal is Muslim. He just returned from his arranged marriage in Afganistan.

He hit and killed a person near his house, then drove 40+ miles to SF, then drove 2-3 miles thru the city..

to an area full of Jewish landmarks, then started to randomly attack people with his large SUV..

Even without the Muslim-Jewish angle,

This is an act of terrorism.

Too bad the SFPD let him live.

Proof we need car control. ... (Below threshold)
Mark L:

Proof we need car control. I think this illustrates why we need a three day waiting period between purchase and delivery -- so that if a driver is thinking about going on a spree of running down pedestrians that gives a few days to cool down. Not only that, but limiting people to purchasing no more than three cars in one month will limit the number of pedestrians drivers can run down.

Remember. It's for the children.

The AP reported his name as... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

The AP reported his name as Ohmeed A. Popal. By leaving out the "Aziz" that makes it not quite so obvious that he's of Muslim descent. Had they not just used the name "John Mark Karr" in just about every single news article for the last week, they might be able to defend that.

Evan3457...you're exactly r... (Below threshold)

Evan3457...you're exactly right and we won't see the terrorist angle discussed at all, just like it wassn't when another Muslim man (but don't profile becasue it's unfair and unconstitutional and irrelevant) targeted Jews for being Jewish. Paraphrasing Samuel L Jackson in Die Hard:"I don't like [liberals] because [they're] gonna get me killed!"

Geez, LeeYa think ... (Below threshold)

Geez, Lee

Ya think if it had been a young male skinhead behind the wheel who drove 60 miles to run over people infront of the African-American Cultural Center that the MSM would, as they seem to be in this case, not even ask the questions about the perps motives???

This is within two months of the murder by moslem in Seattle at the Jewish Federation.

We should wait to the full ... (Below threshold)

We should wait to the full investigation and learn more details. BUT... do not discard the option of this being a terrorist attack. And DO NOT underestimate the impact this 'new weapon' can have. Picture this in Times Square, NY and you start to get the picture. And, again, there would be no existing technology that would pick it up. http://technonllc.com/blog

I don't understand. Why di... (Below threshold)
the wolf:

I don't understand. Why did this guy run down people in San Francisco? Doesn't he know that people in SF didn't vote for Bush?!?

It's only a matter of time before the media stop referring to him as Ohmeed Aziz Popal and start calling him "that SUV-driver."

Mark L., I thought you were... (Below threshold)

Mark L., I thought you were being serious until you added that "for the children" bit at the end. Well done.

This guy is an Islamic Terr... (Below threshold)

This guy is an Islamic Terriorist.

This guy is an Islamic Terr... (Below threshold)

This guy is an Islamic Terriorist.






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