Waukesha, Wisconsin, authorities say a driver slammed into virtually two dozen folks, half of them kids, on the group’s Christmas parade Sunday night.

Police confirmed a number of fatalities and mentioned many individuals have been injured. Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson mentioned at an 8 p.m. CT news convention that greater than 20 folks have been struck – an undisclosed variety of them fatally. Authorities didn’t launch the victims’ names however mentioned there have been 11 adults and 12 kids.

“Some of the victims were children, and there were some fatalities in relation to this incident,” he mentioned, including that police have been nonetheless within the technique of notifying victims’ households.

Good Samaritans attempt to help victims after an SUV plowed through the Waukesha Christmas parade Sunday evening in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (Credit: @J_Woynilko)

Good Samaritans try to assist victims after an SUV plowed by way of the Waukesha Christmas parade Sunday night in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (Credit: @J_Woynilko)
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An officer opened hearth on the fleeing automobile, the chief mentioned, they usually later took an individual of curiosity into custody.

Eyewitnesses described a blood-soaked stretch of highway with good Samaritans trying CPR on victims – who had been thrown throughout the asphalt when a rushing driver plowed by way of a barricade after which pedestrians.

Jordan Woynilko, a Milwaukee man who shared video of the incident’s aftermath below his Twitter deal with, @J_Woynilko, advised Fox News digital Sunday night the pink SUV that slammed into members Sunday struck virtually two dozen folks as he was stepping out of a pub alongside the parade route.

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“As I was opening the door to walk out, people started yelling and running in — and that’s when I saw the red SUV,” Woynilko mentioned. “I saw it drive through and hit the people.”

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He mentioned he grabbed his pal, they usually have been each in shock as they made their approach by way of the carnage. Good Samaritans have been trying CPR on a number of victims earlier than paramedics arrived, he mentioned.

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“There were moms and dads yelling for their kids, people running around,” he mentioned. “When I rewatched the video, I could hear people talking, and they were like, ‘There’s eight people injured down there. We need an ambulance over here.’ There’s one lady kneeling on the ground crying.”

Moments earlier than the chaos, Woynilko mentioned kids alongside the route had rushed as much as the sting of the parade, the place they obtained sweet.

“This was 100% intentional in my opinion,” he mentioned. (*2*)

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Woynilko mentioned that as he rushed his pal to security and left the world, he overhead law enforcement officials describing the suspect as a Black male both within the pink SUV or on foot.

Federal authorities are additionally aiding native police. An ATF spokesperson advised Fox News Digital that the bureau despatched particular brokers from its Milwaukee subject workplaces to assist Waukesha investigators, and the FBI mentioned native and state authorities have been main the response.

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow wrote in Twitter that the SUV careened into the gang shortly after he and his spouse wrapped up their participation within the parade.

“This is an unspeakable tragedy, affecting us all as we work to overcome an extremely challenging two years and resume our cherished holiday traditions,” he mentioned. “Keep the families affected in your thoughts as we work to offer whatever support we can.”

The incident comes simply days after a jury in close by Kenosha discovered Kyle Rittenhouse not responsible of murder and different fees after he efficiently argued self-defense after taking pictures three protesters who attacked him at a violent demonstration final summer time, two of them fatally.

Although the victims have been all White, the case stoked racial tensions as critics leveled unsubstantiated claims in opposition to the teenager defendant portray him as a White supremacist.