A gay pride parade near Fort Lauderdale was brought to a tragic halt just as it began on Saturday when a pickup truck fatally struck one person and injured another, reports the Miami Herald.
Chris Caputo, city commissioner for Wilton Manors, the location of the parade, tweeted, "It seems increasingly probable it was an accident".
Justin Knight, the chorus' president, said through a spokesman that chorus members were the ones injured and that the driver was "part of the Chorus family".
"This is a terrorist attack against the LGBT community", he said. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis confirmed one person has died and another is in critical condition. The driver was taken into custody for questioning, according to police.
"The investigation is active and we were evaluating all possibilities", Fort Lauderdale police spokesperson Detective Ali Adamson said at a press conference.
"All of a sudden there was a loud revving of a truck and a crash through a fence", Currie said.
Spectator Christina Currie told the South Florida SunSentinel that she was with her family at the start of the parade.
In a statement, Rep. Schultz said she was "deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost and others seriously injured at tonight's Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade".
"It was definitely an intentional act right across the lanes of traffic". "Video of the arrest showed the driver wearing a gay men's chorus t-shirt, which was more than enough to [sow] reasonable doubt about the intent of the driver", Florida-based radio host Grant Stern wrote on Twitter.
Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said the "tragedy took place within feet" of him and his fellow Broward Sheriff's Office deputies.
GLAAD released a statement shortly after the horrifying scene at Wilton Manors.
"We're praying for the victims and their loved ones as law enforcement investigates, and I am providing them with whatever assistance I can".
"I am so heartbroken by what took place at this celebration", she said. "May the memory of the life lost be for a blessing", she added.
Wilton Manors police tweeted Saturday night that the public is not in danger.
"The FBI is involved in an effort to do a thorough and complete investigation", Adamson added.
June is Pride Month, which commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots sparked by repeated police raids on a popular gay bar in NY.