A Bastille Day crowd has been hit by a truck police say contained "arms, loaded with grenades." As of an hour ago, 77 people were reported dead. The toll has since risen to 80, with 100 or more injured.
According to The Guardian, French TV station BFM, and local French newspaper Nice-Matin, the driver of the truck is a 31-year-old French-Tunisian individual. Police have reported that they found an identification card inside the truck.
French President Francois Hollande called a press conference today (July 14) to confirm the unimaginable: “France has been struck on the day of her national holiday... the symbol of liberty.”
According to Hollande, children were counted among the dead.
“We show our solidarity towards the victims and their families.
“All means are being deployed to help the wounded.
“France as a whole is under the threat of Islamic terrorism. We have to demonstrate absolute vigilance and show determination that is unfailing.”
The city's jazz festival, which was going to host Rihanna on Friday and go through Saturday, has been canceled in light of the attack.
Katie Baronie, an Australian tourist visiting Nice with friends, told the Australian Associated Press that she heard gunshots coming from the truck as it drove through the crowd.
“We had no idea what was going on. Then all we could hear was gunshots. My friend just grabbed me and we all went out the back stairs and had to sprint out staying low with guys ushering us away from the foreshore.”
Shaw and her friends sheltered inside a nearby bar as staff pushed everyone to the back and pulled down roller doors.
“We just sprinted, heads down, I’ve never been so terrified in my life.”
Not everyone who was at the Bastille Day celebration has been counted, however. Family members and friends are asking for word about their loved ones, posting details on Twitter and other social media in order to locate them.
Stay tuned for updates.