One person was killed and another injured when a truck drove into a crowd gathered for a pride parade near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The city mayor said the incident was a deliberate attack, targeting a congresswoman.
The incident occurred just as the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade kicked off on Saturday evening in the sunshine state.
A white pickup truck drove in the direction of the car of Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, but instead crashed into a business and hit two people, one of whom did not survive their injuries.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, who was present at the parade, told local media that the suspected assailant’s car missed the lawmaker’s vehicle by inches before it smashed through a gate, smashed into a landscaping company, and hit two people.
While the Broward County Sheriff’s Office reported that two people were “struck by a vehicle” when marching to celebrate inclusion and equality, but they stopped short of saying if the incident was a premeditated attack.
However, the mayor appeared to have little doubt that the collision was intentional. This was a terrorist attack against the LGBT communities. This is exactly what it is, Trantalis said. It was deliberate, it was premeditated and it was targeted against this specific person.
Although the mayor claimed that the incident was a premeditated attack on the LGBT community, preliminary information suggests otherwise.
The driver of the truck that hit the two men was a member of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, the group’s president told media, and the vehicle was actually part of the parade.
The parade was canceled to allow a thorough investigation and out of respect to the victims, the city announced.
However, the Stonewall festival is set to continue, police confirmed, declaring that there was no danger to the public.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point Gay Network News 2021.