A driver slammed into spectators Saturday night in the beginning of a Pride parade in South Florida, and an official says one particular person was killed and one other severely injured.
The pickup driver acted like he was a part of the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade however then out of the blue accelerated when he was advised he was subsequent, crashing into the victims, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis stated, in keeping with WSVN-TV. Wilton Manors is simply north of Fort Lauderdale.
One of the victims later succumbed to their accidents, Trantalis stated.
News retailers reported that the driver of the pickup truck was taken into custody. Authorities didn’t instantly give particulars in regards to the victims or say whether or not they imagine the crash was intentional.
“This is a terrorist attack against the LGBT community,” Trantalis advised reporters. “This is exactly what it is. Hardly an accident.”
Photos and video from the scene confirmed Democratic US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in tears whereas in a convertible on the parade. A spokesperson for Wasserman Schultz didn’t instantly return an electronic mail looking for remark.
Spectator Christina Currie advised the South Florida SunSentinel that she was together with her household in the beginning of the parade.
“All of a sudden there was a loud revving of a truck and a crash through a fence,” Currie stated. “It was positively an intentional act proper throughout the lanes of site visitors.”
Wilton Manors police tweeted Saturday evening that the general public shouldn’t be in peril.
June is Pride Month, commemorating the June 1969 police raid concentrating on homosexual patrons on the Stonewall Inn in New York that led to an rebellion of LGBTQ Americans and served as a catalyst for the homosexual rights motion.