A man deliberately drove his S.U.V. into a group of six migrant workers outside a Walmart in Lincolnton, North Carolina on Sunday, according to the police. The incident occurred around 1:15 p.m., when the man, driving a black midsize S.U.V. with a luggage rack, veered towards the group. A statement released by the Lincolnton Police Department on Sunday evening stated that the attack was captured on video, and the department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the vehicle and its driver.
Fortunately, none of the six workers suffered life-threatening injuries and they were all transported to Atrium Health Lincoln for medical treatment. Major Brian R. Greene of the Lincolnton Police Department assured that none of the victims are in critical condition. Upon reviewing the footage, the police observed the driver crossing a median and driving into a grassy area between parking spaces, where the migrant workers were standing.
The incident took place outside a Walmart in northeast Lincolnton, a small city with a population of less than 12,000, located approximately 30 miles northwest of Charlotte. Major Greene confirmed that the police have interviewed all of the migrant workers involved in the incident. However, there appears to be no connection between them and the driver of the vehicle. He said, “We’re trying to locate the individual that did this. Right now, we don’t have a lot.”
This attack comes after a tragic incident in May, in which the driver of a Range Rover intentionally crashed into a group of migrants in Brownsville, Texas, resulting in the death of eight individuals. The driver was subsequently arrested and charged with manslaughter and other offenses.
The deliberate nature of this assault on the migrant workers in Lincolnton is deeply troubling and highlights the vulnerability of marginalized groups in society. The authorities are actively seeking information from the public to identify the responsible individual and bring them to justice.
Acts of violence targeting vulnerable members of society, such as migrant workers, are abhorrent and must be condemned. It is essential that law enforcement agencies prioritize the protection and well-being of all individuals, regardless of their immigration status. Furthermore, society as a whole must strive to create an environment of tolerance, understanding, and acceptance, so that incidents like this can be prevented in the future.