Once again, just twelve days after the last time, my heart is breaking for my UK friends. At least two incidents occurred last evening in London that took a number of lives. Few details are as yet known as of this writing (1:00 a.m. EDT) and as I do not wish to make false assumptions, I will write only what is known fact.
What I can gather is that a white van reportedly hit a number of pedestrians on the London Bridge at around 10:00 p.m. BST (British summer time), or around 5:00 p.m. EDT (Eastern daylight time). It is estimated that the van was going about 50 mph as it left the roadway and plowed into a group of people. At least 48 people have been taken to local hospitals, and police have confirmed at least six fatalities.
A second incident occurred at nearby Borough Market where there were reports of multiple stabbings and shots fired. The area is under lockdown, as are three area hospitals, and the London Bridge will remain closed overnight. Police are calling these incidents terrorism and three suspects have been killed by police. These are all the verifiable facts I have at the moment.
To my friends in the UK – David, Bushka, Roger, Jack, Mary, Colette and others … my heart and thoughts are with you tonight. My tears are real and my heart is breaking for this tragedy coming so close on the heels of Manchester last month. Love and many hugs to you all. ❤ ❤ ❤