Five dead, 40 injured after SUV hits Christmas parade in Wisconsin

Five people were killed when an SUV sped through a Christmas parade in the small town of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Sunday. More than 40 injured in the incident, reports said. One person was in custody and a vehicle had been recovered, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said. The incident occurred in a town of around 72,000 people, 20 miles west of Milwaukee. The police said it was still not clear whether the incident was terrorist in nature. It reiterated that there was no further danger. A video showed a red SUV driving at speed alongside and into the parade, appearing to run over more than a dozen people. The crowds ran from sidewalks to offer assistance when the incident happened.

Shots fired

An officer fired shots at the vehicle to stop the carnage. Another video showed the police firing on the vehicle as it crashed through street barriers. Contrary to early reports shots had’nt been fired from the vehicle. The SUV had reportedly hit a dance team of girls between 9 and 15 years old. A video showed small groups surrounding the injured girls and helping them. The driver also hit a group of “Dancing Grannies”. According to reports, the SUV was going at a speed of around 40 mph when it hit the parade. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden had been briefed on the “tragic situation” and federal officials were in contact with local authorities to offer assistance. “Our hearts are with the families and the entire community,” she said in a post on Twitter Monday. The incident occurred shortly after 4:30 p.m. (2230 GMT). The Children’s Wisconsin hospital received 15 patients as of 8 p.m. Schools will remain closed Monday for grades 4K-12 and additional counselors will be available for students. In 2015, four people were killed and 46 injured in Stillwater, Oklahoma, when a woman drove into a crowd watching the homecoming parade for a football team.

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