The celebratory sounds of a Wisconsin Christmas parade have been interrupted by terrified screams Sunday after a car plowed into folks gathered for the occasion in Waukesha, a metropolis about 20 miles west of downtown Milwaukee.
At the least 5 folks have been killed and greater than 40 have been injured within the chaos, metropolis official mentioned.
This is what we learn about how the incident unfolded: Crowds have been bundled up alongside Waukesha’s Fundamental Avenue to benefit from the parade when a pink SUV drove by way of a sequence of barricades and barreled onto the parade route round 4:39 p.m. native time, Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson mentioned.
A video of the parade recorded by Angela O’Boyle, who was watching from her fifth-floor condominium balcony, reveals the SUV hitting an individual in a marching band. The car then continues ahead, hitting and working over others within the band and crowd earlier than driving away. Within the video, folks may be heard screaming and seen working for security because the SUV continues its path by way of the gang.
Video of the parade printed on town’s Fb web page reveals a pink SUV driving rapidly by way of the parade, adopted by a working police officer.
A Waukesha police officer discharged their weapon in an try and cease the driving force, Thompson mentioned. No bystanders have been struck by the officer’s gunfire, the chief added, noting that he would not consider any pictures have been fired from the SUV.
A car was recovered and a “individual of curiosity” was taken into custody, Thompson mentioned. “The scene is now secure,” the chief mentioned Sunday night.
The place the investigation stands: Thompson wouldn’t say whether or not the individual in custody was the driving force of the SUV or if any arrests have been made. It’s unknown right now whether or not the incident was an act of terrorism, he added.
Roads within the space will stay closed for not less than 24 hours, Thompson mentioned. Companies alongside street the place the incident befell ought to stay closed Monday, metropolis officers mentioned.