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Driver who hit and killed 7 Venezuelans in front of a Texas migrant center is Hispanic

The author of the attack that cost the lives of seven Venezuelans in front of a homeless center in Brownsville, in the state of Texas (USA), which currently also serves to house immigrants, is a Hispanic, according to Lieutenant Martín Sandoval, although he did not specify his nationality.

The hit-and-run killed seven people and injured another six after the individual, whose identity was not released, run over a group of people near a bus stop this Sunday in front of that shelter in brownsvilleUS border town with Mexico.

LOOK: 7 people die, most of them Venezuelans, in a brutal attack in front of a migrant shelter in Brownsville, Texas

Sandoval, police spokesman for brownsvilleidentified the perpetrator of the hit-and-run as a Hispanic man at a press conference, of whom he said he is not cooperating with the authorities and that he is still trying to identify himself.

The official added that Authorities obtained a blood sample from the driver and a toxicology test was ordered.

The person in charge of the Obispo Enrique San Pedro Ozanam Center, Víctor Maldonado, pointed out that the victims were Venezuelan men and that at the time of the event between 20 and 25 migrants were sitting on the sidewalk waiting for a bus across the street from the shelter.

Maldonado indicated that the migrants came from Venezuela and they had arrived at the lodge about two or three days ago.

He said he reviewed surveillance video from the shelter after receiving a call informing him of the accident and that people waiting there were sitting on the sidewalk at the time of the hit-and-run. The person responsible has been arrested.

“What we see in the video is that a Range Rover went through the light that was about a hundred feet away (30 meters) and hit people who were sitting at the bus stop,” Maldonado said.

The media indicates that the Centro Obispo Enrique San Pedro Ozanam shelter is the only one that operates at night in the city of Brownsville and manages the release of thousands of migrants from federal custody.

Sandoval said that the authorities are still investigating whether the accident was intentional or accidental and that witnesses said they saw the driver ignore the red light before running over the group of people who were waiting at the bus stop.

At around 8:30 a.m. local time (1:30 p.m. GMT), police received a report that a Land Rover had run over several people who were waiting at a bus stop.

Upon arrival they found that there were seven people dead at the scene and six more were taken to the hospital with minor or serious injuries.

The driver was detained by several witnesses to what happened and held until the police arrived.

The individual received medical attention and is undergoing tests to detect if he had used drugs or alcohol.

The lieutenant explained that the center is a shelter for the homeless but that at this time, due to the immigration crisis that the border is experiencing, it is full of immigrants.

The event occurs when there are only a few days left until the end, on May 11, of Title 42 immigration regulations, a measure adopted by former Republican President Donald Trump (2017-2021) and later continued by Democratic president Joe Biden to expel migrants with the argument of the covid-19 pandemic.

To prepare for the possible problems generated by the end of this regulation, due to the possible increase in the migratory flow, 1,500 US soldiers will be deployed at the border to support the Border Patrol agents.

Source: Elcomercio

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