One killed as truck hits crowd at Florida Pride parade

One killed as truck hits crowd at Florida Pride parade

"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. "I'm proud of all the BSO and local first responders who leaped into action, running into the unknown and instantly provided care for the victims".

At least one person has died and another is recovering in the hospital after being hit by a auto taking part in the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade in the Miami area.

Adamson said one man was pronounced dead at Broward Health Medical Center.

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.

He said the truck had actually targeted the auto of a Democratic congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was in a convertible waiting to take part in the procession, but narrowly missed her.

Authorities are still investigating whether it was an accident or deliberate act. The truck hit a nearby gate and came to a stop.

Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Ali Adamson told reporters that authorities are investigating "all possibilities", with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "We are speaking with the driver involved", she said.

The parade has been put on hold and police are on the scene, NBC affiliate WTVJ reports. "My staff, volunteers and I are thankfully safe".

The truck narrowly missed Wasserman Schultz, according to WPLG.

"This apparent attack follows reports of anti-LGBTQ incidents in Florida and harmful legislation passed against trans kids", the organization said.

"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 auto by inches", the mayor said, cited by the media outlet.

Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat who has been serving in Congress since 2005, later issued a series of statements on Twitter. I am so heartbroken by what took place at this celebration.

The parade was scheduled to start at 7 p.m., but the incident took place just beforehand.

Police tweeted Saturday night that the parade was canceled due to a 'tragic event.' The department said the public is not in danger.

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