Multiple Dead After Driver Plows S.U.V. Into Holiday Parade in Wisconsin

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It must have been meant to be a fun night in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee suburb’s Christmas parade, which must have returned after a pandemic absence, had dance groups, high school bands, and politicians marching down to the Main street.

Then, just before 4:40 p.m., a vehicle in a red SUV sped through barricades and into the throng, hitting scores. At least five people were murdered and more than 40 were injured, according to municipal officials, who issued a statement late Sunday. Several dozens of patients, many of them were youngsters, were treated in area hospitals. It was unknown what had prompted the occurrence.

The Waukesha Police Department’s Chief Daniel Thompson stated on Sunday night that a person of interest had been apprehended and that there was no additional danger. The motorist was characterized as male by eyewitnesses, although this was not confirmed by authorities. Police, according to Chief Thompson, fired bullets at the motorist.

The tragedy ruined what participants and bystanders described as a fun night in Waukesha, a sleepy suburb about 20 miles west of Milwaukee. More than 60 entries were slated to march through downtown Waukesha, ranging from the Waukesha Fire Department to the Old Car Club to Santa.

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The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, one of the parade’s entries, reported on Facebook that members and volunteers had been impacted and that they were “waiting for word on their status.” Officials from the Xtreme Dance team, another marching group, requested thoughts, prayers, and “privacy to digest the awful circumstances.” According to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee, among those injured were a priest, parishioners, and pupils at a local Catholic school.

The S.U.V. can be seen rushing along the parade route in a video shared on the city’s Facebook page, and screams from the audience can be heard. Then, as a group of youngsters finishes performing, a police officer dashes past, followed by a number of police vehicles.

Peggy Tom, 58, stated that when the automobile drove passed her, she went down the street looking for a companion, whom she later discovered was hurt.

Don Paul Browne, a municipal alderman, was walking with the mayor in the parade but had already gone and was not there when the incident occurred. He stated that the city was commemorating its 125th anniversary.

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