Five dead and more than 40 injured after SUV rams into Christmas parade in Wisconsin

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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.

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Police said at 4.39 p.m., the SUV marched at high speed among the band members and cheerleaders, hitting several people and dispersing the crowd before driving away.

Local 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.

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The city of Waukesha posted on its Twitter and Facebook accounts: “At this time, we can confirm that 5 people have been killed and more than 40 are injured. However, these numbers may change as we collect additional information.”

Earlier officials said 11 adults and 12 children were taken to local hospitals. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin said it had found 15 patients and none of them died.

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Videos from the city’s parade live stream, as well as phone clips from attendees, showed a red SUV breaking barriers and speeding across the street where the parade was taking place.

Waukesha Mayor Sean Reilly called the incident a “horrible and senseless act”.

Mr Thomson also called it a “very sad event, very chaotic”. He said that during the incident, “an officer left his weapon on the suspect’s vehicle to try to stop the vehicle.” He added that no one was injured as a result of the discharge of the weapon.

A local, Angelito Tenorio, told Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “We saw an SUV… just put the pedal to the metal and zoom to full speed along the parade route. And then we heard a loud bang, and just the cries and screams of deaf people who came out of the vehicle.” had collided.”

Another witness named Cory Montiho, whose daughter was hit by the SUV, told the newspaper that “there were pom-poms and shoes and hot chocolate scattered everywhere. I had to find my daughter with a broken body.” Had to move to another body.

Mr Montiho said: “My family is safe but many are not. I was holding a little girl’s head in my hand, she was holding it and her ears were bleeding. As she fell, I held her mother. Please pray.”

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.

Mayor Reilly said: “Today our community suffered a community celebration of horror and tragedy. My condolences to all those affected by this senseless act.”

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said he was praying for the city of Waukesha.

As well as young children participating in the parade, videos and eyewitness reports showed that a group known as the “Milwaukee Dancing Grannies” was also hit by an SUV. Local reports state that all members are in their mid-50s to 70s.

On its Facebook page, the group said: “Group members and volunteers were impressed and we await word on their terms. Please keep in your thoughts and prayers Grandmother, all those injured and everyone who witnessed this horrific incident.”

Waukesha’s Catholic community also wrote on Facebook that several parishioners were injured and being hospitalized. NS watchman reported that the Diocese of Milwaukee confirmed that one of the wounded was a Catholic priest “as well as several parishioners and Waukesha Catholic school children.”

Police sent an emergency alert to people’s smartphones after the incident, hoping that the scene would remain clear during the investigation.

However, it was reported that after police closed several streets in Waukesha City, many parade-goers were still seen roaming the area, as they were aware of the tragedy that unfolded.

More than a dozen units of both the Fire Department and the Police Department were at the scene, along with the assistance of the Waukesha Police, along with the FBI and ATF (Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives).

According to the police department’s Facebook page, a family reunion location was set up at the Metro Transit Center by Bank Street.

Democrat Sarah Rodriguez, who represents parts of Waukesha, and Waukesha County Democrats were marching in the parade. She told reporters that “I didn’t see the car approaching straight away – we just finished the parade route and so it came while we were done.” He said: “People were running and shouting and getting out of the way. …my condolences and prayers are with the families of the injured.”

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