More than 20 people were injured when a red car drove through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. There have been unverified reports of shots being fired from the vehicle as it plowed through a group of girls dancing, ranging in ages from nine to fifteen. People were in shock and could not move at first and then as they came around, they rushed to help the injured.
The police have taken custody of the vehicle and have detained a person of interest. No details or motives have been reported yet and there is still no confirmation on the reported gunshots. The conditions of those who were injured are also unknown at this time. Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly said, “Tonight was a traumatic situation for the City of Waukesha.”
Angelito Tenorio – a West Allis alderman – told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
As we were walking back in between the buildings that we saw an SUV crossover, just put the pedal to the metal and just zooming full speed along the parade route. And then we heard a loud bang, and just deafening cries and screams from people who are who are struck by the vehicle. And then, and then we saw people running away or stopping crying, and there, there are people on the ground who looked like they’d been hit by the vehicle.
Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said that the area is now safe and that there appears to be no other threats in the area at this time.
Waukesha Police Chief gives an update on "chaotic, and tragic" incident, confirms a "person of interest" has been detained. pic.twitter.com/8SEfCEKBzG
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From The Blaze
Fox6 News reporter Sam Kraemer spoke to a witness who said he saw “about 30 people laying in the intersection.”
“A woman who lives on Main Street says she saw the SUV barrel through a dance team of girls between 9 and 15 years old,” Kraemer wrote on Twitter. “She says the immediate reaction was silence, followed by screaming, running, checking on those injured.”
— Sam Kraemer (@SamKraemerTV) November 21, 2021
CBS 58 News shared a photo of the red SUV that is suspected in plowing into the Christmas parade.
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Fox 8 Live reported:
Police are asking people to avoid the downtown area of Waukesha.
According to WBAY’S affiliate WISN, a witness tells them she saw a driver in an SUV “barreling down the street” into people who were marching in the city’s Christmas parade.
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The witness also told WISN she saw at least four injured people not moving on the ground, and saw at least one person flipped over the hood of the SUV, adding the driver kept going and did not stop.
Another witness tells WISN the SUV was estimated to be traveling about 40 mph when it hit the crowd of people.