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Driver crashes into Oregon homeless camp, killing 4

SALEM, OREGON (AP) – A driver crashed their car into a homeless encampment in Salem, Oregon, on Sunday morning, killing four people and injuring three more, including the driver, authorities said.

Police arrested Enrique Rodriguez Jr, 24, on Sunday evening. Rodriguez was charged with four counts of first-degree manslaughter, second and third-degree assault and six counts of reckless endangerment.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Rodriguez had retained an attorney.

Police said in a statement on Sunday afternoon the driver was the only occupant of the two-door sports coupe.

The crash happened at about 2am on Sunday near a new men’s shelter, which has beds for about 300 people, and a programme that offers emergency housing assistance and other services for the homeless.

The camp is a small triangle of trees and grass, not far from the Willamette River.