One killed as truck hits crowd at Florida Pride parade

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The alleged driver of the pickup truck that crashed into the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade.

One of the victims later died from their injuries, Mr Trantalis said, and WPLG-TV reported the driver of the truck was taken into custody. He described it as an attack on the LGBTQ community.

Police are keeping an open mind on the motive behind the incident last night while some witnesses said the crash appeared to be intentional. Authorities did not immediately give further details about the victims or say whether they think the crash was intentional.

"The parade had just begun and we saw people lining up and ready to move and all of a sudden this white pickup truck dashed right through the crowd, barely missing congresswoman Wasserman Schultz's vehicle by inches and smashed through a gate", the mayor said.

Fort Lauderdale mayor Dean Trantalis, who was at the march as one of Florida's most prominent out officials, told WPLG he believed it was a deliberate attack. I want to thank our first responders for their heroic efforts as both police and emergency medical personnel stepped into action quickly. "My staff, volunteers and I are thankfully safe", she wrote on Twitter. At least two people were struck in the violent attack, according to multiple reports in social media, citing the mayor of Fort Lauderdale.

According to Local 10, a man behind the wheel of a white pick-up truck was lined up with other floats ready for the parade when he hit the gas and plowed into participants. "We are speaking with the driver involved", she said.

"I am deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost and others seriously injured at tonight's @WiltonManorsCty Stonewall #Pride Parade. May the memory of the life lost be for a blessing", she added.

The Wilton Manors Police Department tweeted on Saturday night after the crash that the public was not in danger.

"I can't give you any names [of the driver or victims] because we are still conducting our investigation", Adamson said, adding that "we owe it to the community and to all members and participants of this event to conduct a thorough and complete investigation".

June is Pride Month, commemorating the June 1969 police raid targeting gay patrons at the Stonewall Inn in NY that led to an uprising of LGBTQ Americans and served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement.



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