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Truck kills one, barely misses Wasserman Schultz at Florida Pride event

Police say one man was killed and another was injured when a pickup truck drove into a crowd at a Pride parade in Wilton Manors Police say one man was killed and another was injured when a pickup truck drove into a crowd at a Pride parade in Wilton Manors
Cary Erickson | 20 June, 2021, 20:56

A gay pride parade near Fort Lauderdale was brought to a tragic halt just as it began on Saturday when a pickup truck fatally struck one person and injured another, reports the Miami Herald.

Justin Knight, the president of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus, said through a spokesman to WPLG that the driver and the victims were all members of the community. He described it as an attack on the LGBTQ community.

Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis is facing backlash for calling a deadly crash at a Pride parade in the Florida city a "terrorist attack against the LGBT community" before all the facts emerged.

The driver was later taken into custody.

Asked if the driver was being charged, or if he might have been under the influence, Adamson reiterated that police were talking to the driver as they continue their investigation.

"We saw people lining up ready to move and all of a sudden this white pickup truck dashed right through the crowd barely missing Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's vehicle by inches", the mayor said, cited by the media outlet.

Police investigate the scene where a pickup truck drove into a crowd of people at a Pride parade on June 19, 2021 in Wilton Manors, Florida.

"It was definitely an intentional act right across the lanes of traffic".

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"Devastated by the horror we saw at Wilton Manors Pride".

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was participating in the parade. Wilton Manors is just north of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony tweeted that "authorities were still gathering information" about the incident.

"I am deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost and others seriously injured at tonight's @WiltonManorsCty Stonewall #Pride Parade". She said the other man was expected to survive. May the memory of the life lost be for a blessing'.

Police tweeted Saturday night that the parade was canceled due to a 'tragic event.' The department said the public is 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, which commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots sparked by repeated police raids on a popular gay bar in NY.