PARENTS shouted their kids’ names and bodies flew everywhere as five people were killed when an SUV plowed into a Christmas parade.
More than 40 people – including 12 children – were injured after a red Ford Escape sped through a parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday.
Families and performers celebrated a annual holiday event when the horror happened.
Police opened fire on the SUV as it leapt over the fence and sped up after the terrifying incident.
Local police chief Dan Thompson told a news conference that the vehicle hit more than 40 people, including several children.
Thompson also said a person of interest is in custody, noting that this is a “liquid investigation” and that the priority at this time is “working with the families” of the victims.
One witness, Angela O’Boyle, whose apartment overlooks the parade in suburban Milwaukee, told CNN: “All I heard was screams and then people shouted their baby’s name”.
She described how she “saw the car hitting the convoy that was just passing my balcony at the time”.
She said: “It hit at least two people instantly and ran over them.
“And then keep going down the road to People’s Park at the end of the block – and then keep going, it doesn’t stop.”
Brayden Kowalski, a 19-year-old witness, told Fox News he was with his family when he saw bodies being thrown around by the car.
“[The driver is] Kowalski said.
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“These people didn’t run over, they were thrown into the air. Like so many people were thrown into the air.”
Kowalski went on to say that he and his mother ran into the crowd to help the injured.
“There were quite a few people with broken legs, like broken legs, many people screaming broken legs. It’s horrifying.”
A witness was reported to say It looks as if the driver of the vehicle is “trying to hit someone.”
“He went back and forth.”
Than witness account details a dance team consisting of young girls “between 9 and 15 years old” who may have been hit by a car.
A Twitter user posted a videotapes in which a dancing child enjoying the parade was nearly hit by a speeding car.
“It’s the most peaceful loving town,” Kowalski told Fox. “Everybody is so friendly. I know people say, ‘You would never expect this to happen here.”
“But this is one of those towns. You would never think this would happen.”
An order for the shelter was cancelled, and Thompson said the scene was “safe and secure.”
According to Sheriff Steve Howard, 11 adults and 12 pediatric patients were transported to six nearby hospitals.
‘BACK AND FORTH’
Howard has said there have been “many deaths”, although he cannot confirm the exact number at this time as family and loved ones are still being notified.
Officials also noted during the news conference that they do not believe shots were fired from the vehicle, as reported earlier in the day, saying police opened fire to try to stop the vehicle.
Shawn Reilly, mayor of Waukesha, which has about 70,000 residents, points out that there is no longer a threat to the community.
FBI tweeted In response to the incident: “Our local law enforcement partners are the primary responders in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
“The FBI is providing assistance. It is standard practice for the FBI to assist our local law enforcement partners.”
Reilly released an earlier statement: “Tonight is a traumatic situation for the city of Waukesha. We don’t have all the details.”
Governor of Wisconsin Tony Evers released a statement of adoption Twitter, said: “Kathy and I are praying for Waukesha tonight and all the children, families and community members affected by this senseless act.
“I am grateful to those and first responders who acted quickly to help, and we are reaching out to local partners as we await more information.”
Members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies were marching at the time of the incident.
A statement has been released on the group Facebook page which reads: “Team members and volunteers have been affected and we are waiting for information on their condition. Please keep the Grannies, all the injured and all those who remain. witness this terrible event in your thoughts and prayers.”
Just minutes after the alleged incident took place, a local report tweeted that a “car just passed in the middle of a Christmas parade in downtown Waukesha”.
City of The Waukesha Facebook account broadcast the parade live.
After the SUV was seen speeding through the parade, members of the crowd could see performers running to the side of the road to allow emergency vehicles to pass.
Waukesha residents gathered to celebrate the city’s 58th annual Christmas parade, according to a post on their chamber of commerce. website.
“Comfort and fun” is used on the website to describe the parade, which begins at 4 p.m. local time and travels down Main Street in downtown Waukesha.
Local residents have been advised to avoid the downtown area at this time.
According to the Waukesha Police Department, one family reunion location is at the Bank St.
The investigation is ongoing.
On Friday, Kyle Rittenhouse was cleared of murder after he opened fire on Black Lives Matter protesters in 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The acquittal of the 18-year-old youth led to protests in many parts of the country.
Before the ruling, BLM opponents and Rittenhouse supporters engaged in a tense stand-off outside court in Kenosha.
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