A car plowed into a vaccine clinic in Santa Clarita, Calif. injuring one of their Covid-19 vaccine workers. Officers believe that the hit- and-run was intentional.
The disruption took place Saturday afternoon shortly after 4:30 p.m. on the 22900 block of Market Street in Newhall. The car drove into the clinic and knocked over many signs and traffic cones before hitting the worker with the side mirror.
According to witnesses, the driver crashed their car into the signs before turning the vehicle and heading toward the clinic worker. The worker received minor injuries and did not require hospitalization. They are expected to make a full recovery.
The car drove away before the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene. The police are currently searching for the suspect. The crime is being investigated as an assault with a deadly weapon. Police have not yet identified a motive in the hit-and-run attack.
The vaccine site in Newhall is currently closed while police investigate, and the department has issued the following statement. “We are saddened by this terrible incident, and our thoughts and prayers are with the person injured,” the statement read. “Public health is working with local authorities and the vaccination site has closed as the investigation is underway
The Los Angeles County Sheriffs are currently looking for a four-door dark gray Chevrolet and they have a basic description of the suspect. Officers described him as a man in his 60s with short gray hair and weighing 200 pounds. Officers believe that he was wearing a polo shirt and sunglasses at the time of the crime.
The driver’s motive is unclear at this time. Police have yet to determine why the suspect picked this clinic and whether or not they knew the worker that was hit.
Los Angeles County is not new to protests over the Covid-19 vaccine. The area has seen rising violence in recent weeks surrounding vaccinations. Most of the protests are related to the state-wide vaccine mandate for public workers that California recently announced.
Last week, a man was stabbed during protests in Los Angeles. The 20-year-old is expected to recover from his injuries and it is unclear whether he was a part of the protest or just a bystander. A journalist was also attacked during the protest.
The protest started outside of Los Angeles City Hall before moving toward the Los Angeles Police Headquarters where a fight broke out about 30 minutes after the stabbing. In all the protest consisted of 500 pro and anti-vaccine protests, but only about 20 to 30 of them were involved in the fight. City Council President Nury Martinez is blaming the anti-vaccine mandate protesters for the violence.
“These aren’t ‘patriots,'” Martinez said. “Not wearing a mask and being anti-vax isn’t patriotism — it’s stupidity. We have to be able to have differences of opinion without resorting to violence. Attacking counter-protesters and journalists has no place in a democracy and certainly no place in Los Angeles.”
The Los Angeles police have launched an investigation into the stabbing and are currently looking for the suspect.