WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — An SUV sped into a Christmas parade in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha on Sunday, leaving multiple people injured, according to the city’s mayor and witnesses.
Police in Waukesha, located about 20 miles west of Milwaukee, were urging people to avoid the downtown area.
A live video feed of the parade from the city of Waukesha, as well as videos taken by parade attendees, showed a red SUV breaking through barriers and speeding into the roadway where the parade was taking place. It’s unclear how many people were injured, and police said they could not immediately provide details.
Mayor Shawn Reilly told WITI in Milwaukee that he does not believe there is any current danger to the public.
One video shows the SUV striking what appears to be members of a marching band and several others along the parade route before driving on. The sound of the marching band heard before the SUV approaches is replaced by screams.
Angelito Tenorio, a West Allis alderman who is running for Wisconsin state treasurer, told The Associated Press that he was watching the parade with his family when they saw the SUV come speeding into the area.
“Then we heard a loud bang,” Tenorio said. “And after that, we just heard deafening cries and screams from the crowd, from the people at the parade. And people started rushing, running away with tears in their eyes crying.”
Tenorio said he saw about 10 people, children and adults, on the ground who appeared to have been hit by the vehicle.
“It just happened so fast,” he said. “It was pretty horrifying.”
A car just plowed through a crowd at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, WI.— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 21, 2021
As many as 30 people people are reportedly injured.
Prayers up 🙏🏻
TRIGGER WARNING: 🚨DISTURBING VIDEO🚨A viewer sent in horrifying video the moment a red SUV plowed through a crowd during the #Waukesha Holiday Parade. Its currently unclear how many people have been injured. Updates to come on @tmj4 pic.twitter.com/u6q10VgTJ1— Taylor Lumpkin (@TaylorLumpkinTV) November 22, 2021
SUV PLOWS INTO WISCONSIN CHRISTMAS PARADE:— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 22, 2021
– Police confirm 'multiple fatalities'
– 20+ injured
– Children & the elderly among the victims
– Person of interest in custody
– No definitive number of deceased given
– Motive remains under investigationhttps://t.co/JIW9c4my6G pic.twitter.com/XpqWuPMjqZ