Media reported that the driver of the van had been arrested. Authorities did not immediately give details of the victims or say whether they believed the crash was intentional.
“This is a terrorist attack on the LGBT community,” Trantalis told reporters. “This is exactly what it is. Barely an accident.
Photos and video from the scene showed Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz in tears as she was in a convertible during the parade. A spokesperson for Wasserman Schultz did not immediately return an email requesting comment.
Viewer Christina Currie told the South Florida SunSentinel that she was with her family when the parade started.
“All of a sudden there was a big revving of a truck and a crash through a fence,” said Currie. “It was definitely an intentional act just across the lanes of traffic. “
Wilton Manors Police tweeted on Saturday night that the public was not in danger.
“A tragic incident occurred during today’s Stonewall event,” Wilton Manors Mayor Scott Newton said in a statement, according to WPLG-TV. “Out of respect for everyone involved, the parade has been called off and a full investigation is underway. ”
June is Pride Month, commemorating the June 1969 police raid targeting gay patrons at the Stonewall Inn in New York City that led to an uprising by LGBTQ Americans and served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement.