Red SUV drives via a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, hitting greater than 20 folks.
A sport utility car has plowed via a Christmas parade within the US state of Wisconsin, placing greater than 20 folks together with youngsters and inflicting “some fatalities”, police mentioned.
The incident occurred at round 4:39pm (2239 GMT) on Sunday within the metropolis of Waukesha, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Milwaukee.
Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson mentioned an individual of curiosity was in custody and the suspect car had been recovered.
A shelter-in-place order had been lifted, police mentioned.
“A red SUV drove into our Christmas parade that we were holding downtown. More than 20 individuals were injured as a result of this incident,” Thompson advised reporters.
Asked in regards to the fatalities, Thompson mentioned: “I don’t have an exact number at this time.”
It was not identified whether or not the incident was associated to terrorism, he added.
A video posted on-line of the incident confirmed a pink SUV plowing via the parade, showing to run over greater than a dozen folks.
In a second video, police appeared to open hearth on the car because it crashed via avenue boundaries.
The native CBS affiliate later confirmed an image on Twitter of what gave the impression to be the pink SUV concerned with its hood crumpled and entrance fender hanging off, parked in a driveway.
A girl advised Milwaukee’s Fox6 TV station that the SUV hit a dance staff of women between 9 and 15 years outdated. She mentioned the rapid response was silence, adopted by screaming, working and checking on these injured, Fox6 reported.
Corey Montiho, a Waukesha college district board member, advised the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his daughter’s dance staff was hit by the SUV.
“They were pom-poms and shoes and spilled hot chocolate everywhere. I had to go from one crumpled body to the other to find my daughter,” he mentioned. “My wife and two daughters were almost hit. Please pray for everybody. Please pray.”
One witness mentioned the driving force hit the “Dancing Grannies” and a minimum of one particular person flipped over the hood of the SUV, based on Milwaukee’s WISN-TV, an ABC affiliate.
Another witness estimated the SUV was going about 40 mph (64 kph) when it hit the group, the TV station mentioned.
Photos and movies of Waukesha circulating on Twitter confirmed police vehicles and ambulances crowding a avenue decked out with Christmas lights within the aftermath of the incident. Bundled up folks huddled on sidewalks as nightfall fell.
Some of the wounded have been taken to the hospital by ambulance, others by police and nonetheless extra by household and mates, Thompson mentioned.
“As we were walking back in between the buildings … we saw an SUV cross over, just put the pedal to the metal and just zooming full speed along the parade route. And then we heard a loud bang, and just deafening cries and screams from people who are struck by the vehicle,” Angelito Tenorio, an alderman in close by West Allis, advised the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Police officers ran down the road, telling parade watchers to take shelter in shops, the newspaper mentioned.
Governor Tony Evers mentioned he and his spouse, Kathy, have been “praying for Waukesha tonight and all the kids, families, and community members affected by this senseless act.”