According to the local police chief, several people were killed in an SUV crash through a Christmas parade Sunday in Waukesha, Wis.
Officer Daniel Thompson of the Waukesha Police Department said “some” fatalities had occurred. However, he didn’t specify how many, the ages, or names because police are still attempting to contact the families.
Thompson stated, “Over 20 people were struck by the vehicle. Some of the victims were children, and some died as a result of this incident.”
According to Chief Steven Howard, 11 adults and 12 children were transported to six area hospitals by his staff, but it’s unknown how many were transported by others.
According to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, 15 patients were taken from the parade, and there were no deaths reported as of 8 p.m.
Thompson said that the suspect vehicle and the person of interest have been located, but the investigation is “fluid.” He said that it is unclear whether the incident is related to terrorism.
Apparently, the police have lifted the shelter-in-place order. Thompson mentioned, “The scene is safe and secure now.” Waukesha is located approximately 31 kilometres on the west side of Milwaukee.
Thompson said the incident took place at 4:39 p.m. Suddenly, a red SUV crashed through the barricade blocking the parade marching down the city’s Main Street.
Witnesses caught the incident on a video posted to social media, which showed a marching band with dozens of players and a dance troupe of young girls being struck from behind as the vehicle sped through the crowd.
Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly said, “We just experienced a terrible, senseless tragedy today.” After marching in the parade, he recalled the smiles on the faces of the children.
Source: Global news