Fri. Apr 12th, 2024

At least 8 dead, 11 injured after driver plows into crowd near migrant shelter in Brownsville, Texas

Brownsville police have taken a Hispanic man into custody

The number of people killed when a man crashed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Brownsville, Texas on Sunday has risen to eight, police say, and at least 11 have been injured.

The Brownsville Police Department told Fox News that eight victims, died at the scene and at least 11 others have been transported to area hospitals. The driver, who police confirmed is a Hispanic man, has been arrested and charged, but investigations are ongoing.

All eight people who died in the crash were migrants, officials confirmed.

Authorities have not released any additional information about the driver, but he is currently receiving medical treatment at an area hospital and is under 24-hour supervision. The suspect is also being tested for drugs and alcohol.

The incident took place outside Brownsville’s Ozanam Center, a shelter for migrants and homeless people in the community. It is unclear whether the shelter had any relevance to the attack.

Brownsville police responding to the scene

First responders rushed to the scene Sunday after a motorist appeared to intentionally drive his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Brownsville, Texas. (Brownsville Police Department)

 

The victims were waiting at a city bus stop next to the center at roughly 8:30 a.m. Sunday, when the attack occurred.

So far, the driver has only been charged with reckless driving, but the investigation is ongoing. Sandoval told local media that more charges are likely to be filed, adding that the attack appeared to be intentional.

Witnesses near the intersection reported seeing several bodies covered in the street, as well as a group of women praying nearby, according to Valley Central.

Mall shoppers leaving shooting scene

Texas police responded to reports of a shooting at Allen Premium Outlets on Saturday afternoon. (FOX 4 Dallas)

The incident came less than a day after a gunman opened fire on shoppers at a mall in Allen, Texas, on Saturday, killing eight people and wounding seven others. Police shot and killed the gunman, identified as Mauricio Garcia, 33, of Dallas Texas.