BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS — On Sunday, a horrifying incident unfolded in Brownsville, Texas, resulting in the loss of seven innocent lives and leaving at least six others injured. A man drove his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians, which officials believe was an intentional act.
Lt. Martin Sandoval from the Brownsville Police Department shared the heartbreaking news, stating that the victims tragically lost their lives at the scene, while the injured individuals were swiftly transported to nearby hospitals for urgent medical attention. Although the driver responsible for this horrific act has been apprehended and charged, a comprehensive investigation is still underway to shed light on the motive behind the attack.
The below video shows the attack, and it is graphic in nature.
🚨 BREAKING (GRAPHIC): Surveillance footage of a male intentionally running down people in an SUV at a bus stop (7 dead, 6 injured) in the border town of Brownsville, TX has been released. pic.twitter.com/FqLboc1yPt— Nick Sortor (@nicksortor) May 7, 2023
At present, authorities have refrained from disclosing any details regarding the identity of the driver. However, it has been revealed that the individual is currently receiving medical treatment at a local hospital, with round-the-clock supervision. Authorities are also conducting tests to determine whether drugs or alcohol played a role in this shocking incident.
The incident occurred in close proximity to the Ozanam Center in Brownsville, a shelter that caters to migrants and homeless individuals within the community. It remains uncertain whether the center itself was targeted in this tragic event.
Eyewitnesses at the scene reported a scene of unimaginable horror. The victims, who had gathered at a city bus stop adjacent to the shelter around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, were suddenly subjected to this malicious attack. Reports from Valley Central indicate that witnesses observed lifeless bodies strewn across the street.
Although the driver has currently only been charged with reckless driving, it is anticipated that additional charges will be filed as the investigation progresses. Lt. Sandoval emphasized to the local media that the nature of this incident appears to be intentional, further deepening the sense of sorrow and shock felt throughout the community.