According to police, five people died on the spot and more than 40 were injured of varying degrees of severity, including children, after a car at high speed crashed into a parade in the US state of Wisconsin.
President Joe Biden is informed of the tragedy, reports Air force… The tragic incident took place in the city of Waukesha, west of Milwaukee, at 4:40 pm local time, when crowds gathered to watch the Christmas parade. According to eyewitnesses, the car rushed through the crowd of people at high speed, after which the police officer opened fire on it. Children are among the injured.
Currently, according to police, the incident is not called a terrorist act, a colleague familiar with the first results of the investigation told BBC CBS News. One person is in custody.
Local resident Angelito Tenorio tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
“The driver of the SUV pressed the pedal all the way down and began to race at full speed along the route of the parade. Then we heard a loud bang and just deafening screams and shouts of people who were hit by a car ”.
Corey Montijo says that a car hit his daughter’s dance team:
“There were pom-poms and shoes everywhere, and hot chocolate was spilled. I had to move from one crumpled body to another in order to find my daughter. “
Waukeshi police warn that the number of deaths and injuries could change after more information is obtained, as many people “went on their own” to local hospitals.
Police Chief Thompson said officers found a “suspect car” and one person was in custody, but did not provide details. The police, he said, fired at the car in an attempt to stop it. Waukeshi public schools will be closed on Monday.
The Waukesh Parade, with a population of approximately 72,000, is held every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It includes costumed dancers and marching bands. This year’s theme is “Comfort and Joy”.
Photos of a red SUV with a dented hood parked in the driveway were later published in Twitter TV channel CBS 58.