A driver blew previous police barricades and plowed into a gaggle of individuals marching in a Christmas parade in Wisconsin on Sunday — killing a number of folks and injuring others, together with youngsters, officers stated.
The carnage left a minimum of 11 adults and 12 youngsters injured in the course of the annual celebration in town of Waukesha shortly after 4:40 p.m. native time, in keeping with Waukesha Fire Chief Steve Howard.
An individual of curiosity was in custody and police have not ruled out terrorism as a motive, in keeping with Police Chief Daniel Thompson.
“Today we experienced a horrible, senseless tragedy,” Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly stated at a Sunday night time press briefing.
“A parade is a celebration for our community. Today our community faced horror and tragedy in what should have been a community celebration,” the mayor stated.
Witnesses had reported that pictures had been fired by the motive force, however police later clarified that an officer discharged their weapon on the automobile.
No bystanders had been caught by the gunfire, Thompson stated.
“At the Waukesha Holiday parade and a car just broke through the police line, plowing through pedestrians and firing rounds out the window,” Zach Heisler tweeted. “Family and I are safe. Happened 20 feet in front of us.”
One witness reported that the motive force ran over “several elderly women,” a part of the group The Dancing Grannies, who carry out on the city’s vacation parade yearly.
Another witness stated that 4 of the Dancing Grannies had been on the bottom immobile after they had been hit, in keeping with Courtney Sisk of WISN.
”Right in entrance of my household, this man drives by way of the parade hitting as many individuals as attainable whereas capturing out the window,” a parade attendee tweeted. “He ran over a number of aged ladies who had been dancing in the parade and many others please pray for everybody in Waukesha.
A horrifying video caught a bird’s-eye-view of the alleged assault. A crimson automobile approaches the rear of what seems to be a marching band earlier than accelerating and smashing into paraders and spectators.
The driver seems to run over a minimum of one particular person as the group begins screaming in terror. Hysteria ensues as folks start fleeing in all instructions earlier than the motive force speeds off.
Photos seem to indicate police investigating the suspected darkish crimson SUV used in the incident, parked in a driveway with a closely dented hood, in keeping with CBS 58.
Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly stated that he believes there isn’t any longer a hazard to the general public, according to Fox 6.
Family reunification location is on the Waukesha Command Post situated on Barstow between Corrina & Bank Street, police said.
A heavy police presence is reported downtown the place cops are asking the general public to keep away from the realm.
The metropolis was live-streaming the parade on Facebook. At precisely 20:40 into the stream, the crimson SUV described by witnesses might be seen rushing previous. Screams might be heard as an officer might be seen operating in the course as folks level in the course, confused. A police automobile speeds in that course two minutes later.
Wisconsin senator Tammy Baldwin supplied her condolences for all the victims in a tweet on Sunday.
“The horrific violence at the Waukesha Christmas Parade is just heartbreaking,” she stated. “Please keep the victims in your prayers tonight.”