Driver hits 2 people at start of Pride parade in South Florida

One person dead and another in a critical condition after pickup driver plows into Pride parade

One dead, one injured after truck crashed into Fort Lauderdale Pride Parade Image via Adobe Stock.

A pickup truck drove into a crowd of spectators at an LGBTQ Pride event in Wilton Manors, Florida.

"This is a terrorist attack against the LGBT community", Trantalis told WPLG Local 10.

The crash took place on the southwest corner of NE 15th Street and NE 4th Avenue, according to WSVN-TV.

"The investigation is active and we were evaluating all possibilities", Fort Lauderdale police spokesperson Detective Ali Adamson said at a press conference.

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The driver's pick-up truck was adorned with a rainbow flag, and he was wearing a Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus t-shirt.

He said the truck had actually targeted the vehicle of a Democratic congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was in a convertible waiting to take part in the procession, but narrowly missed her. The truck reportedly narrowly missed striking the auto in which Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) was riding, preparing to participate in the parade.

Authorities said one of the victims later succumbed to his injuries.

Users shared photos allegedly made on scene after the incident.

"What started as a celebration quickly turned to tragedy at today's Stonewall Pride Parade", Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said in a statement.

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Video from CNN affiliate WPLG showed a man being taken into police custody shortly after the incident, but Adamson would not say whether he was suspected of a crime.

Rep. Wasserman Schultz tweeted late Saturday: 'I am deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost and others seriously injured at tonight's Stonewall #Pride Parade.

Spectator Christina Currie told the South Florida SunSentinel that she was with her family at the start of the parade. "My staff, volunteers and I are thankfully safe". "May the memory of the life lost be for a blessing". The remainder of the parade was canceled, according to the Wilton Manors Police Department.

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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