Updates To The Bastille Day Attack Show Nice, France, Turned From Celebration To Tragedy
Update: According to the latest reports, at least 84 people were killed in the attack in Nice, France, and over 180 are injured. Of the wounded, François Hollande, the president of France, said on Friday there are 50 victims “in between life and death." After an emergency meeting of French security and defense officials, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said: "Terrorism is a threat that weighs heavily upon France and will continue to weigh for a long time. We are facing a war that terrorism has brought to us." Among the victims, who were celebrating the French holiday of Bastille Day, were a number of tourists, including two Americans, Sean Copelend and his 11-year-old son, Brodie. To help victims of the Bastille Day attack, you can contribute to verified fundraisers or donate blood.
Earlier: On Thursday night, as hundreds of people had gathered to watch the fireworks to celebrate the French national day known as Bastille Day, a truck crashed into the crowd on Promenade des Anglais and reportedly killed dozens, according to French officials. And updates on the scene don't look good — officials have said that this was more than a crash. Here's what we know.
6:30 p.m. ET
"White truck literally racing through crowds of all ages. People either caught in path or forced to jump onto rocks over beach barrier," a witness told NBC News over Twitter. "Some dead. Horrific."
According to Fox News, who cited local French TV outlets, initial reports have put the death toll at between 30, and the amount of people injured at possibly up to 100.
7 p.m. ET
Rumors of hostages and explosions in Paris have inundated Twitter, but it's important to note that those reports have not been confirmed, and may in fact be false.
7:10 p.m. ET
Reports indicate that the death toll may now be at more than 70 people, according to police. President Obama has reportedly been apprised of the situation.
Facebook has activated its safety check for residents and visitors in the area to let their family and friends know that they are safe.
7:17 p.m. ET
French police have asked the public to please not share videos of the attack out of respect for the families.
7:40 p.m. ET
The hospital in Nice has set up an emergency phone number to call to check on your friends and families. You can call 00 33 4 93722222.
8 p.m. ET
Obama has responded to the attacks, stating:
On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded. I have directed my team to be in touch with French officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice. We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.
On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life.
8:30 p.m. ET
Gerard Araud, the French ambassador to the United States, called the crash a terrorist attack. According to the Associated Press, the Paris prosecutors office will look into this tragedy through a terrorism investigation. It will be led by the country's intelligence agency and judicial police, the AP reported.
2:10 a.m. ET
Two Americans were killed in the attacks. Sean and Brodie Copeland, a father and son, were on summer vacation with the rest of their family when the two were killed in Nice, a relative told BuzzFeed News. Sean was 51 years old and Brodie was only 11.
3:30 a.m. ET
Philippe Pradal, the mayor of Nice, confirmed that more than 50 children were admitted to the hospital following the attacks and at least 10 children were killed.
9:14 am ET
After meeting with security officials in Nice, President Francois Hollande gave a statement, saying that 84 people were confirmed dead so far, and 50 people were hospitalized and in "between life and death."
More to come...