Driver in Custody After 8 Pedestrians Killed Outside Texas Migrant Shelter

A driver has been taken into custody after running into pedestrians outside a migrant shelter in South Texas on Sunday, killing at least eight people and injuring 10 others. The incident is being investigated as possibly intentional, according to authorities.

The driver, identified as George Alvarez, a 34-year-old Brownsville resident with an extensive rap sheet, ran a red light, lost control of the vehicle, and struck 18 individuals, according to Brownsville Police Chief Felix Sauceda. Alvarez faces numerous charges, including eight counts of manslaughter and 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon. He is currently in custody of Brownsville police, with bond set at $3.6 million.

Police did not share detailed information about the victims, but Sauceda told reporters that all of them were men and several were originally from Venezuela. The chief declined to answer reporters’ questions about a possible motive for the driver, adding that they have not yet determined if the crash was intentional.

The incident occurred outside the Ozanam Center, a shelter for migrants and unhoused people in Brownsville, Texas. Witnesses said that the driver disregarded a red light before swerving into the bus stop and rolling over. Several roads were closed after the incident. An investigation into the deadly incident is ongoing.

Source: CBS News

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