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1 killed after truck plows into crowd at pride parade in Florida, mayor calls incident ‘terrorist attack against LGBT’

One person was killed and another one injured after a truck drove into a crowd gathered for a pride parade near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A city mayor says the incident was a deliberate attack, targeting a congresswoman.

The incident occurred just as the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade kicked off on Saturday evening. A white pickup truck sped up, reportedly in the direction of the car of Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and crashed into a business, hitting two people, one of whom did not survive.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, who was present at the parade, told the local media that the pickup missed the lawmaker's vehicle “by inches” before it “smashed through a gate, smashed into a landscaping company and hit two people.”

A video shared on social media shows police officers rounding up a man wearing a white T-shirt and black glasses at the scene. 

While police said that two people were “struck by  a vehicle” when marching to celebrate “inclusion and equality,” they stopped short of saying if the incident was a premeditated attack.

However, the mayor appeared to have little doubt that the collision was intentional.   

“This was a terrorist attack against the LGBT communities. This is exactly what it is,” Trantalis said.  “It was deliberate, it was premeditated and it was targeted against this specific person. Luckily they missed that person, but, unfortunately, they hit two other people,” he added.

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