An individual of curiosity is in custody, police mentioned.
November 22, 2021, 2:20 AM
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Greater than 20 folks had been injured, and a few killed, when a automotive sped right into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Sunday, police mentioned.
At 4:39 p.m. native time, a purple SUV drove into the city’s Christmas parade, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson mentioned at a press convention Sunday night.
“There have been some fatalities,” he mentioned.
Waukesha Hearth Division Chief Steven Howard mentioned at a press convention that the hearth division was marching within the parade after they heard of the incident — 12 fireplace departments ended up helping.
The police division has recovered a automobile allegedly related to the incident and an individual of curiosity is in custody, Thompson added.
“The FBI Milwaukee area workplace is conscious of the reporting of an incident in Waukesha. The native and state authorities are main the response,” an FBI spokesperson advised ABC Information.
A complete of 11 adults and 12 youngsters had been transported to 6 hospitals hospitals by way of ambulances, law enforcement officials and relations, Thompson mentioned.
The Waukesha Police Division despatched an emergency alert Sunday evening saying: “If you’re inside a 1/2 mile radius of the 5 factors downtown, shelter in place now. Anticipate an all clear message.”
Thompson mentioned an officer, who has been with the division for 6-and-a-half years, did discharge their weapon so as to cease the automobile; no bystanders had been hit.
As of Sunday evening, the scene is now safe, Thompson mentioned.
“Kathy and I are praying for Waukesha tonight and all the youngsters, households, and group members affected by this mindless act,” Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wrote on Twitter. “I am grateful for the primary responders and folk who acted quicklyto assist, and we’re involved with native companions as we await extra data.”
A White Home official advised ABC Information: “The White Home is carefully monitoring the state of affairs in Waukesha and our hearts exit to everybody who has been impacted by this horrible incident. We now have reached out to state and native officers to supply any help and help as wanted.”
The investigation is ongoing. It is unclear at the moment if the incident was tied to terrorism.