Several people were injured, including two police officers, after a car plowed through a parade celebrating Native American culture in New Mexico Thursday night, police said.
The incident took its course at the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Centennial Celebration honoring Native American culture and heritage, New Mexico State Police said. The parade started loudly at 7:00 p.m event website.
Jarring videos shared on social media showed the parade with dancers and performers on the street as the tan SUV appeared and people scrambled to run out of its way. Spectators could be heard screaming and “Oh my God!” how they walked.
The vehicle appeared to be speeding down the parade route and didn’t slow down as participants panicked and tried to flee the scene.
The city of Gallup, located about two hours west of Albuquerque, said in one Event Alert at 8 p.m. local time: “Fortunately, no spectators or parade participants were reported to have been hit by the vehicle.”
However, New Mexico State Police said several were injured in the ensuing chaos. A number of the injured were not released and were treated at the scene, police said.
The city of Gallup said “the vehicle and its three occupants” were arrested. Their names have not been published.
“There were reports of gunfire being fired, but nothing has been confirmed at this time. Gallup Police are at the scene and an investigation is ongoing,” the alert said.
NBC News has contacted the New Mexico State Police for more details on the arrests.
The parade was part of a 11 day celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial.
“One of the oldest continuous recognitions of Native American culture and heritage, the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial is known for attracting an international audience,” said a press release for the event.
Kaelyn Bahe was at the parade and filmed the moment the SUV drove through the track and down the street until it was out of sight.
“Everyone just ran off to their cars, I ran straight to mine,” she continued Facebook. “Please know I was super shocked and very scared I asked everyone if they were okay.”
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez shared a live video said, “We were in the path of the vehicle.”
“Thank God the people around me, our team members, our council delegates, didn’t get stuck on the vehicle. It turned the corner and from that point on I don’t know what happened, but before that it came straight at us, the vehicle,” he said.
Navajo Nation Council spokesman Seth Damon condemned the incident saying“This was a traumatic and triggering event for many, particularly our youth, elders and our veterans who acted quickly.”
“The Navajo Nation stands with resilience against all acts of violence and sends prayers of protection to those affected,” Damon said, adding, “Perpetrators will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
Thursday’s panic was the latest example of community parade violence.
Last November, an SUV plowed through the Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, killing six and injuring dozens more. In Highland Park, Illinois, a July 4th parade became deadly when a gunman opened fire, killing seven people and injuring dozens more.
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