WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP)
An SUV rammed into a Christmas parade in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha on Sunday, injuring more than 20 people, the city’s police chief said.
The injured appeared to include children, members of a marching band and a dance troupe, according to witnesses and videos of the incident posted online.
Police Chief Dan Thompson said an investigation was ongoing, but a “suspicious vehicle” was recovered. Some of the injured were taken to the hospital by police, and others were taken away by family members, Thompson said.
“We have an interested person that we’re looking at at this time,” Thompson said. It is not clear whether the person is in custody; Thompson delayed the questions until a later meeting.
Mayor Shawn Reilly told WITI in Milwaukee that he does not believe there is any danger present to the public.
Police in Waukesha, about 20 miles west of Milwaukee, are urging people to avoid the downtown area.
A live video feed of the parade from the city of Waukesha, as well as videos filmed by parade attendees, shows a red SUV breaking through barriers and speeding into the roadway where the show will take place. out parade.
A video taken along the parade route shows a group of what appear to be teenage girls dancing in white tunics and Santa hats. The SUV plowed into the group as the cameraman shouted, “Oh my God!” more and more. The video shows people taking care of at least one of the girls on the ground.
Another video showed the SUV featured with what appeared to be members of a marching band and several others along the parade route before the drive continued. The sound of the marching band heard before the SUV approached was replaced by screams.
Corey Montiho, a Waukesha school board member, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his daughter’s dance team was hit by an SUV.
“They were bombs and shoes and spilled hot chocolate all over the place. I had to go from one rotten body to another to find my daughter,” he said. “My wife and two daughters were almost hit by bullets. Please pray for everyone. Please pray”.
Angelito Tenorio, a West Allis farmer running for Wisconsin state treasurer, told The Associated Press he was watching the parade with his family when they saw the SUV speeding into the area.
“Then we heard a loud bang,” said Tenorio. “And then we just heard loud cries and screams from the crowd, from those present at the parade. And people started rushing, running away with tears in their eyes.”
Tenorio said he saw about 10 people, children and adults, on the ground, who appeared to have been hit by the vehicle.
“It all happened so fast,” he said. “It was pretty horrifying.”
Governor Tony Evers said he and his wife, Kathy, were “praying for Waukesha tonight and all the children, families and community members affected by this senseless act.”
Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, who was at the parade but left shortly before the incident, called it “an indescribable tragedy that affects all of us. as we work to get through two extremely challenging years and continue our lovely holiday tradition.”
The parade was sponsored by the city’s Chamber of Commerce. This year’s edition is the 59th edition of the event, which is held annually on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
Waukesha is a western suburb of Milwaukee, and about 55 miles north of Kenosha, where Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on Friday The allegation stems from the shooting of three men during unrest in that city in August 2020.
___ Bauer reports from Madison, Wis.
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