Man killed after car ploughs into crowd outside gay bar
A man in Houston has been charged with murder after ploughing his car into a crowd outside a gay bar in Texas.
The incident happened outside Bayou City Bar & Grill in Houston, Texas, late on Wednesday night.
25-year-old nurse Jared Jacobs was killed in the attack and two others were injured after a man drove a car into the crowd at high speed.
Another man, 23, was taken to an area hospital with injuries to his right leg and torso.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Cordale Robinson, 25, was taken into custody without further incident after officers arrived on the scene.
Robinson has been charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon over the attack.
Although witnesses say he “intentionally” drove into the crowd, Robinson’s friends claim he was trying to escape from a fight at the time of the incident.
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Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, where Mr Jacobs had worked in the intensive care unit, paid tribute to him.
A statement said: “With deep sadness, we learned of the death today of Jared Jacobs, a nurse in Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital’s ICU, following a tragic incident early Thursday morning in Houston.
“Jared was an eager recent graduate of nursing school who was already an incredible asset to the ICU. His colleagues describe a bright smile and welcoming personality that lifted everyone around him.
“Jared, 25, began his nursing career as a new graduate nurse in the ICU and participated in the summer 2017-2018 Nurse Residency Cohort.
“He quickly became an invaluable member of the ICU staff because of his superb nursing skills and dedication to his patients. His eternally positive outlook and wonderful sense of humor made him a favorite of patients and co-workers alike.
“At times like this, I encourage the Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital family to hold each other up and keep Jared’s family in your thoughts and prayers. We will share funeral arrangements as they become available.”