A man was killed when he was struck by a motorist in Brooklyn Park on Saturday, and family members and police believe the driver deliberately hit him.
The pedestrian was struck in Brooklyn Park on the 9500 block of Scott Lane North, according to Brooklyn Park Police Department. The victim, identified by family as Paul Pfeifer, was transported to a hospital in critical condition and later died.
A family member told Bring Me The News that Pfeifer was targeted by a neighbor as he was getting his mail, adding that the motorist had "stalked" Pfeifer and his husband.
"He's stalked them, attempted to run him over the other day and last night actually hit and killed him," the family member said.
A.J. Mansour, a radio personality at KFAN-FM 100.3, said Pfeifer was his uncle.
"Last night Paul became the victim of a hate crime, he was intentionally run over & killed by a hateful neighbor. Today our family is grieving, deeply. Amidst this grief we are pleading for this level of hate to end," Mansour wrote on Instagram.
The driver was arrested and booked into the Hennepin County Jail where he's facing a pending charge of criminal vehicular homicide.
Family said Pfeifer was about to turn 65 years old and was "looking forward to retirement around the corner.