Car Drives Through Wisconsin Christmas Parade Leaving Unknown Number Of Casualties

A automobile drove by way of a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday afternoon, leaving greater than 20 folks injured, authorities mentioned.

Dozens of emergency officers responded after the incident round 4:40 p.m. native time. A livestream video of the occasion seems to indicate a purple SUV rushing by way of the parade route, troubling these gathered on the road. A police car is seen dashing by way of the gang quickly afterwards earlier than the attendees start to disperse.

The metropolis’s police chief, Dan Thompson, informed reporters earlier than a night press convention that greater than 20 folks have been injured. Authorities have recognized one particular person of curiosity, though Thompson didn’t say if that particular person was in custody. The chief added that the scene was secure and there have been no additional threats to the general public.

“Tonight was a traumatic situation for the city of Waukesha,” the town’s mayor, Shawn Reilly, mentioned. “We don’t have all the details. We can’t provide details at this point.”

Those on the scene described a festive ambiance that shortly turned tragic.

“As we were walking back in between the buildings that we saw an SUV crossover, just put the pedal to the metal and just zooming full speed along the parade route,” Angelito Tenorio, an alderman for West Allis, Wisconsin, informed the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “And then we heard a loud bang, and just deafening cries and screams from people who are struck by the vehicle.”

He mentioned he noticed folks operating from the scene crying, and other people on the bottom who appeared to have been hit by the automobile.

Local reporters mentioned it appeared that a number of folks have been on the bottom shortly after the incident, with unverified reviews of photographs fired. Many households have been on the occasion with younger kids.

Gov. Tony Evers (D) known as the incident a “senseless act” and mentioned his workplace was awaiting extra data.

Kaylee Staral, an intern on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, was on the parade on Sunday. She informed CNN the SUV got here “running down the middle of the street” and hit “a lot of people.”

“After the SUV left, there were multiple people on the ground, and the police came through a little later saying at least 30 on the ground,” Staral mentioned. She added that the automobile was going “very fast.”

The Waukesha Christmas Parade, held about 17 miles west of downtown Milwaukee, is an annual occasion that has been held for greater than 50 years. The metropolis describes it as a vacation custom that brings collectively “local civic groups, business, schools, public services and entertainers each year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.”

Photos posted on the town’s Instagram account confirmed many individuals sitting on the curb simply off the parade route.

The theme this 12 months was “comfort and joy.”

Wisconsin has been on edge for days following the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who on Friday was discovered not responsible after killing two folks throughout a Black Lives Matter demonstration final summer time. Protests following the decision have been largely peaceable in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the place the trial was held.

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