Editor's note: This was a breaking news story. See "related" for an updated story with additional information.
UPDATED 11:02 p.m. June 20: A special agent with the FBI has confirmed to SFGN that they are assisting Fort Lauderdale Police Department, who is leading the investigation.
11 p.m.: In a statement from Justin Knight, the president of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, the driver was a member of the chorus and so were the two people hit by the truck. In videos of the arrest, the driver is wearing a shirt from the organization.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tragic accident that occurred when the Stonewall Pride Parade was just getting started. Our fellow Chorus members were those injured and the driver was also a part of the Chorus family. To my knowledge, this was not an attack on the LGBTQ community. We anticipate more details to follow and ask for the community's love and support."
10:35 p.m.: A vigil is scheduled Sunday, June 20 at 6 p.m. at Sunshine Cathedral. Participating organizations include Stonewall Pride and The Pride Center at Equality Park. For more information visit Sunshine Cathedral’s Facebook page for updates.
10:15 p.m.: Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony released a statement regarding today’s incident:
“What started as a celebration quickly turned to the tragedy at today’s Stonewall Pride Parade. Though authorities are still gathering information, we know two individuals marching to celebrate inclusion and equality were struck by a vehicle. One person has died and the other remains hospitalized.
This tragedy took place within feet of me and my BSO team, and we are devastated to have witnessed this horrific incident. 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.
Our prayers are with the victims and their families. Be sure to hug the ones you love tonight.”
9:50 p.m.: A “senior official briefed on the incident” told CBS Miami that the driver told police his “foot was stuck between the gas pedal and the brake,” which caused him to lose control of the truck and drive into the crowd.
The official told the station that the investigation is still in its early stages.
9:30 p.m.: Florida Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried told SFGN that the driver drove his truck into the lake at the start of the parade route after driving into the crowd.
“He was wearing a Pride shirt and his car had gone across the road and went into the lake,” she said.
Fried was in the parking lot making her way to the parade, as she planned to march with other officials, when the incident occured.
“What I saw was obviously all the first responders — thank God they were all on the scene,” she said. “The first responders were trying to resuscitate one of the individuals … the other individual that they were working on was being taken away in an ambulance.”
At the gate at the entrance of the parade, Fried also said a man had a heart attack, presumably because of the stress of the situation. By the time she reached the parade route, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who was narrowly missed by the truck, had already been taken away.
In response to comments that the incident was intentional, Fried said she spoke with Sheriff Gregory Tony and “they have no information yet.”
“Our thoughts and our prayers are with not only the family members of this incident, but obviously the entire Wilton Manors and LGBTQ community. We are hoping that this was an accident and that this was not intentional,” she said, and encouraged the public to “really heed caution [and not] jump to that conclusion until more information comes out from the sheriff's office.”
9 p.m.: Wilton Manors Mayor Scott Newton released a statement to the press regarding the incident at the parade:
“A tragic incident occurred at today’s Stonewall event. Out of respect for everyone involved, the parade has been canceled and a thorough investigation is being conducted.”
8:55 p.m.: The second person who was hit is in critical condition.
The truck driver allegedly tried to look like he was a part of the parade before driving into the crowd, Gina Benitez of WSVN reports. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis told her that the driver attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended by police.
8:40 p.m.: The driver who drove into the parade crowd barely missed hitting Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was sitting in a convertible to participate in the parade.
“This is a terrorist attack against the LGBT community,” Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis told Local 10 News. “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.”
Original story below. This is a breaking news story. Story will be updated above throughout the night.
A man was taken into custody after driving his truck through the Stonewall Parade crowd Saturday night, according to Florida Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis confirmed to NBC 6 that one person was killed in the incident. The parade was minutes away from starting when the driver drove through the crowd in Wilton Manors.
Initially, people believed the truck intentionally drove through the crowd. However, on Twitter, Wilton Manors Commissioner Chris Caputo said, “It seems increasingly probable it was an accident. Still filled w sadness.”
Trantalis and Caputo were both unavailable to make a statement to SFGN when reached by cell phone. Wilton Manors Police also has not responded and Jeff Sterling, the president of Stonewall Pride, was unable to make a statement.
The more news that is coming-the more heartbreaking it is. My heart is breaking for the community of Wilton Manors and the LGBTQ+ as a whole.— Michele Rayner-Goolsby (She/They) (@micheleforfl) June 20, 2021
I just....we just want to live and be. It’s clearly too much to ask. 💔💔 https://t.co/1lFcCru5LR
Elijah Manley, who is running for a position in the Florida House, was attending the festivities with his campaign team when he said he saw, “a bunch of people move back, people fall, but when I saw it, I didn’t think it was people getting hit at the time.”
But word quickly spread that people had been hit by a vehicle, and he saw paramedics attending to people lying on the street.
“I ran back up and I saw a bunch of cop cars and ambulances,” he said. “There’s so many stories going around at first, I didn’t know what to believe.”
This story will be updated as we receive more information.