Dramatic video captured the moment French police began firing at the driver of the truck who killed at least 84 people when he drove into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France.
The suspect, a 31-year-old Frenchman of Tunisian descent, is suspected of driving the truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day along Nice’s beachfront. Video shot by terrified civilians shows crowds fleeing in panic, leaping off the elevated pavement onto the beach below.
The driver then emerged from the truck with a gun and started shooting. Police eventually surrounded the large white truck and fatally shot the suspect.
In the video, police are seen surrounding the truck as dozens of gun shots ring out. Photos of the truck afterwards show the front of the cab riddled with bullets.
Two Americans are among the 84 people killed; the death toll includes 10 children. Lawrence Cannon, the Canadian ambassador to France, wrote on Twitter Friday morning that, to date, no Canadians have been reported among the casualties.
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No group has claimed responsibility for the carnage, but French officials called it an undeniable act of terror. The assault on revelers in the southern French city rocked a nation still dealing with the aftermath of two ISIS-inspired attacks in Paris last year that killed 147 people.
“France was struck on the day of its national holiday, July 14, the symbol of liberty,” Hollande said Friday, denouncing “this monstrosity” — a truck bearing down on citizens “with the intention of killing, smashing and massacring.”
– With files from The Associated Press