At least five people were killed and 40 others injured when a vehicle crashed into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday.
In the video footage, a red colored SUV is seen driving the band members and cheerleaders at high speed.
Police Chief Dan Thompson said his department had detained one person and seized the vehicle. He said that he is yet to know whether there is any link with terrorism.
Witnesses described the incident as “horrifying” and said the driver of the SUV was “going from side to side targeting people”.
The police chief could not believe that the SUV driver had fired a weapon after initial reports of gunfire. He said an officer in an attempt to stop the vehicle opened fire on it.
The White House says it is “closely monitoring the situation” and has offered support and assistance to local officials.
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What do we know so far?
- Man drives SUV at Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday
- Five people, including children, were killed and 40 were injured.
- Event W Main St and N Barstow St. happened between
- It was around 4.39 pm local time (10.39 pm GMT).
- Milwaukee’s WISN-TV . According to an eyewitness, the car was traveling at about 40 mph.
- Police officer fired on the vehicle
- person of interest is in custody
- City’s public schools will be closed today (Monday)
- A shelter-in-place order was lifted
Man says there were ‘crushed bodies’ at the scene
A father describes going “from one broken body to another” in search of his daughter when a man took an SUV to a Christmas parade.
Many young girls and members of the “Dancing Grannies” club were among those who hit the town of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
The city of Waukesha posted on its social media accounts that it can confirm that at least five people have been killed and more than 40 injured so far.
“There was fanfare and shoes and hot chocolate was scattered everywhere. I had to go from one broken body to another to find my daughter,” Cory Montiho said.
“My wife and two daughters were almost killed. Please pray for everyone. Please pray.”
The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies posted on their Facebook page that “group members and volunteers were impressed and we await word on their terms”.
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Waukesha attack witness says ‘there were pom-poms, shoes everywhere’
Police have confirmed that five people were killed and 40 injured after a vehicle plowed through the holiday parade.
Main Street and Barstow Street closed until noon
City officials say they are closing Main Street and Barstow Street until Monday afternoon, urging businesses in the area to remain closed.
“Main Street is closed from Barstow and Maine to Wisconsin and Maine. Street will not open before noon tomorrow, Monday, November 22. Businesses in this area must remain closed as entry and exit from Main Street will not be permitted,” in the tweet Having said.
Five killed in Waukesha incident, say officials
According to officials, five people were killed and 40 were injured when the SUV rammed into a crowd gathered for the Christmas parade in Waukesha.
“These numbers may change as we collect additional information. Many have self-transported to area hospitals,” said Waukesha city twitter post on Sunday night.
This is the first death toll in the incident, in which dozens of people, including children, were seriously injured.
Earlier, Police Chief Dan Thompson said the SUV had been traced and one person was taken into custody. Read more:
Five killed and more than 40 injured after SUV collides at Christmas parade in Wisconsin
At least five people were killed and more than 40 injured when an SUV collided with children and adults taking part in a Christmas parade in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, police say.
‘It was horrifying’: Witnesses describe Waukesha
Eyewitnesses described how a joyous occasion meant, the first in-person holiday parade in Waukesha before the pandemic, turned horror as an unknown driver rammed into marchers.
“He was going from side to side targeting people,” said 28-year-old Tyler Kotlarek. new York Times, “The car bombed. It was deliberately flying from left to right.”
Tom Hickey, 25, who marched behind the parade, said he saw the red Ford Escape slowly making its way through the crowd and honoring people to move out of the way.
Mr Hickey said he thought the driver was lost, but then saw him turning right on the parade route, gunning the engine and accelerating into the crowd.
Angelito Tenorio, an alderman in nearby West Allis, told the Associated Press that the driver “simply put the pedal to the metal”.
“Then we heard a loud bang,” he went on. “And after that, we just heard screams and screams from the crowd, from the people in the parade. And people started crying, running away with tears in their eyes. Lewis Boyle And io dods report report:
Many dead and more than 20 injured in Wisconsin after SUV hits Waukesha Christmas parade
Officials in Waukesha say 11 adults and 12 children were taken to hospital, with ‘some deaths’
SUV to take part in Christmas Parade
A red SUV that can be plowed into a crowd at the Waukesha Christmas Parade is pictured in a driveway in front of a boarded-up house.
Its bonnet can be seen broken and a portion of the front bumper can be seen hanging loose. A vehicle in the parade on Sunday night struck at least two dozen people, including children, in downtown Wisconsin.
Waukesha School District cancels classes
A notification on the school’s website said that following the fatal Christmas parade incident, the Waukesha School District has canceled classes for Monday, November 22.
“Additional counselors shall be available in all buildings for all students and staff for support services in the district,” the notification said.
White House issued statement after Waukesha incident
“The White House is closely monitoring the situation in Waukesha and our condolences to all those affected by this horrific incident,” the White House said in a statement. “We have reached out to state and local officials to offer any help and support as needed.”
Wisconsin’s attorney general vows ‘justice’
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul explicitly described the incident as a deliberate assault, vowing to bring whoever is responsible to justice.
15 children injured
An update on those numbers: CBS 58 reporter Kristen Barbaresi says 15 children were injured, but no one has died at this time.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Wisconsin