A person lost his life after a driver crashed into spectators of a pride parade in South Florida on Sunday.
Several others were injured after the driver slammed into the parade, said the authorities aware of the incident.
The driver, who was driving a pick-up truck, acted like he was a part of the parade before accelerating and crashing into victims.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said the attack being a terrorist attack. This is a terrorist attack against the LGBT community, Trantalis told reporters. This is exactly what it is. Hardly an accident.
Authorities said one of the victims later succumbed to their injuries. The other victim was hospitalized.
The driver of the pickup truck was taken into custody. Authorities did not immediately give further details about the victims or say whether they believe the crash was intentional.
"Though authorities are still gathering information, we know two individuals marching to celebrate inclusion and equality were struck by a vehicle," Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said in a statement. This tragedy took place within feet of me and my (Broward Sheriff’s Office) team, and we are devastated having witnessed this horrific incident.
Spectator Christina Currie told the South Florida SunSentinel that she was with her family at the start of the parade.
All of a sudden there was a loud revving of a truck and a crash through a fence, Currie said. “It was definitely an intentional act right across the lanes of traffic.
Wilton Manors police tweeted Saturday night that the public is not in danger.