Wisconsin Police Say Parade SUV Driver May Have Been Fleeing a Crime

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Police sources in Wisconsin say they are investigating the possibility that the driver of a vehicle driving through a holiday parade in downtown Waukesha on Sunday was fleeing a crime scene.

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Speaking on condition of anonymity, a police source told the Associated Press that investigators were questioning a suspect in custody about the criminal incident, which the source said involved a knife.

At least five people were killed and more than 40 injured after a sports utility vehicle drove through a community holiday parade in the small town of about 72,000 residents, located 32 kilometers west of downtown Milwaukee, officials say. Police vehicles are still visible at the scene in the video from the scene early Monday.

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Police campaign in the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after more than 20 people were killed in a Christmas parade on November 21, 2021.

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Five killed, more than 40 injured after vehicle crashes under Wisconsin parade

The city did not release any additional information about those who died.

The city said roads in the area of ​​the incident would be closed to traffic and businesses in the area should remain closed. Waukesha schools were also closed.

Police say the annual Waukesha Christmas Parade was underway in the downtown area around noon local time, when a vehicle was speeding through the parade route.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson told reporters that an officer fired shots at the vehicle in an attempt to stop it. A video posted on social media shows police firing on a vehicle while hitting road obstacles. Police did not believe shots were fired from the vehicle, Thompson said, contrary to earlier reports.

The parade included participants of all ages, including children under the age of two and the elderly, all of whom were among the wounded.

Governor Tony Evers said late Sunday that he and his wife, Cathy, were “praying for Waukesha and all the children, families and community members affected by this senseless act tonight.”

Wisconsin professional sports franchises, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League and the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association posted messages on their websites and social media expressing their condolences and support to the victims and the city of Waukesha.

Some of the information for this report was provided by The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

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