One killed as truck hits crowd at Florida Pride parade

Washington: The driver of a pickup truck slammed into a crowd gathering for a Pride parade Saturday in south Florida, killing at least one man, US media reports said.

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It was not immediately clear if this was a deliberate assault.

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The incident happened at the start of the LGBTQ parade in the town of Wilton Manors near Ft. Lauderdale. The driver was later taken into custody.

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The truck was lined up with floats for the parade but hit the gas and ran into people, Local 10 News said.

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At least two men were hit and one died, Ft. Lauderdale mayor Dean Trantalis, who was at the parade, told the broadcaster.

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

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“This is a terrorist attack against the LGBT community,” Trantalis told Local 10 News.

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“This is exactly what it is. Hardly an accident. It was deliberate, it was premeditated, and it was targeted against a specific person. Luckily they missed that person, but unfortunately, they hit two other people.”

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