- According to Waukesha police, an SUV slammed into a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, causing “many fatalities.”
- According to Fire Chief Steven Howard, his department sent 11 adults and 12 children to hospitals after being injured.
On Sunday, an SUV slammed into a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, causing “several fatalities,” according to Waukesha’s police chief.
Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson refused to say how many individuals were killed. Thompson stated that a “person of interest” has been apprehended, but police provided no further details.
According to Fire Chief Steven Howard, his department sent 11 adults and 12 children to hospitals after being injured. It’s unclear how many additional people were hurt and sent to the hospital.
According to Thompson, the vehicle was also in police custody. The investigation was still going on with the support of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
“What happened in Waukesha today is horrific,” Attorney General Josh Kaul, the state’s top law enforcement officer, wrote on Sunday. “I have every faith that those responsible will be brought to justice.”
According to Thompson, a Waukesha police officer discharged his weapon in an attempt to stop the SUV as it crashed past barricades. There were no bystanders injured, and Thompson said he didn’t know if the officer’s rounds struck the driver.
According to a video taken along the parade route, an SUV struck what seemed to be members of a marching band and numerous individuals before racing away.
Waukesha school system postponed classes on Monday and said on its website that more counselors would be on hand to help students and staff. Cheer, dance, and band entries from district schools were among the parade’s participants.
“Praying for Waukesha tonight and all the children, families, and community members affected by this awful act,” Governor Tony Evers and his wife Kathy said.
Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, present at the parade but departed just before the shooting, described it as “a horrific tragedy” that “affects us all as we struggle to overcome an exceptionally tough two years and continue our cherished Christmas traditions.”
The procession is organized by the Chamber of Commerce of the city. This year’s event, which takes place every Sunday before Thanksgiving, was the 59th.
Source: CBC News
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