BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Seven people were killed and at least six injured when a man crashed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Brownsville, Texas on Sunday.
Brownsville Police Department Lieutenant Martin Sandoval said seven victims died at the scene and six others were transported to area hospitals. The driver was arrested and charged, but an investigation is ongoing.
Authorities have not yet released any identifying information about the driver, but he is currently receiving medical treatment at an area hospital and is under 24-hour surveillance. The suspect is also being tested for drugs and alcohol.
The incident occurred outside Brownsville’s Ozanam Center, a shelter for migrants and the community’s homeless. It is unclear whether the shelter had any relevance to the attack.
The victims were waiting at the city bus stop on the road near downtown at around 8.30am Sunday when the attack took place.
So far the driver has only been charged for reckless driving, but an investigation is ongoing. Sandoval told local media that further charges were likely to be filed, adding that the attack appeared to be intentional.
Witnesses near the intersection reported seeing several covered bodies in the street, as well as a group of women praying nearby, according to Valley Central.
The incident comes less than a day after a gunman opened fire on shoppers at a shopping center in Allen, Texas on Saturday, killing eight people and wounding seven others. Police shot and killed the gunman but have yet to identify him.
This is a developing story. Come back soon for updates.