Published on : Monday, November 22, 2021
5 people have been killed and more than 40 people have been injured – including 12 kids – after an SUV sped through a Christmas parade in Wisconsin. A red Ford Escape was seen on video plowing through the crowds “sending bodies flying” in Waukesha, where families and performers were celebrating an annual holiday event.
The local police Chief Dan Thompson stated in a press conference that the vehicle struck more than 40 individuals, including some children.
Thompson also said one person of interest is in custody, noting that it is a “fluid investigation” and that the priority at this point is “working with families” of the victims. Brayden Kowalski, a 19-year-old witness, told Fox News he was with his family when he saw what happened.
Kowalski went on to say he and his mom ran into the crowd to help those who were hurt.
“There were quite a few people with broken limbs, like a lot of broken legs, a lot of people shouting with broken legs. It was horrifying. One witness reportedly said it looked as though the driver of the vehicle was “trying to hit people.”
More witness accounts detail a dance team of young girls “between nine and 15 years old” who may have been hit by the vehicle.
Howard did say there were “multiple fatalities,” though he could not confirm the exact number at this time as families and loved ones were still being notified.
Officials also noted during the press conference that they do not believe shots were fired from the vehicle, as was reported earlier in the day, saying that shots had been discharged by police to try to stop the vehicle.
Shawn Reilly, mayor of Waukesha, which has around 70,000 residents, indicated that there was no longer a threat to the community.
The FBI tweeted in response to the incident: “Our local law enforcement partners are the primary responding entities in Waukesha, Wisconsin.