Seven people died and six more were injured in Texas, this morning (May 7) after a Range Rover ploughed into a group of pedestrians outside a shelter for migrants.
Police have a male suspect in custody, authorities said, after the shocking incident at a bus stop near the Ozanam Centre in Brownsville, Texas.
The suspect is reportedly being treated in hospital, but under 24-hour guard. Police are awaiting the results of blood tests to ascertain whether the man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident.
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Police spokesperson Lt Martin Sandoval told KVEO-TV that seven victims died at the scene and the six injured had been taken to hospitals in the area.
The driver, who has not yet been named, has so far only been charged with reckless driving, but Lt Sandoval told the news station that more charges will almost certainly be filed.
Harrowing footage from the scene shows several people injured, lying in pools of blood.
Investigators did not comment on whether the crash was intentional or any possible motive .
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A recent surge in arrivals from Central America has posed significant logistical and social issues in Brownsville.
Officials say more than 15,000 migrants, mostly from Venezuela, had illegally crossed the river near Brownsville in the last week of April
That represents a significant rise from the 1,700 migrants that Border Patrol agents encountered in the first two weeks of April, according to US. Customs and Border Protection officials.
“It’s quite concerning because the logistical challenge that we encounter is massive for us,” said Gloria Chavez, chief of the US Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector.
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