Dozens Killed, Injured Vehicle as Plows Through Wisconsin Christmas Parade

Dozens Killed, Injured Vehicle as Plows Through Wisconsin Christmas Parade

Five people were killed and more than 40 were injured when a vehicle drove into a Christmas parade Sunday afternoon in Waukesha, Wisconsin, city officials said.

“These numbers may change as we collect additional information. Many people have self-transported to area hospitals,” the city of Waukesha said in a Twitter post early Monday.

Witnesses described the horror of seeing individuals struck and lying on the ground after a red SUV drove through a series of barricades and barreled into the crowded parade route on Main Street around 4:39 p.m. local time.

Police Chief Daniel P. Thompson said officers are working with the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office to identify victims.

Thompson says there is “a person of interest in custody,” but would not say whether it was the driver of the SUV nor if any arrests have been made.

“This is still a very fluid investigation,” the chief told reporters Sunday night.

Children are among the injured, he said.

A Waukesha police officer discharged their weapon in an attempt to stop the driver, and no bystanders were struck by the officer’s gunfire, the chief said. Thompson added that he doesn’t believe any shots were fired from the vehicle.

It is unknown at this time whether Sunday’s incident was an act of terrorism, Thompson added.


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