Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson confirmed children were also among the 40 who were injured in the attack.
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A holiday parade turned into a nightmare for many as a driver in a red SUV plowed into them Sunday evening, killing at least five people and injuring over 40 people. Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson confirmed children were also part of the Wisconsin Christmas parade and had been hurt as well. Eleven adults and 12 pediatric patients were rushed to six hospitals in the vicinity, said Fire Chief Steven Howard. Police Chief Thompson confirmed that the suspected vehicle has been recovered and a "person of interest" was taken into custody. The cops didn't release any information on the driver and added that they were investigating the incident. Thompson said he didn't know if there was any "nexus to terrorism." The incident was caught on video and shows a red SUV ramming through low-level barricades and speeding away, reported CNN.
A Waukesha police officer fired at the vehicle in an attempt to stop the driver. Thompson said no shots were fired from the vehicle. "The scene is now safe and secure," he added. The FBI is also assisting in the investigation, confirmed the agency's Milwaukee division. Groups like the Catholic Community of Waukesha, Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, Waukesha Xtreme Dance, and the Catholic Community of Waukesha have stated that their members were marching in the parade. There is no clear information on the number of people or that of those who have died from the attack. Children's Wisconsin, a pediatric hospital in Milwaukee, said it was treating 15 patients who were hurt, but added that they didn't have any reported fatalities as of Sunday night.
Angela O'Boyle, who lives in an apartment near the attack said she was watching the parade when she heard screams. "The next thing I heard were screams, and turned my head and saw the car come and plow into the band that was just past my balcony at that point. It hit at least two people right away and rolled over them. And then continued down the road to People's Park which is at the end of the block — and then kept going, it didn't stop," she told CNN.
Kathy and I are praying for Waukesha tonight and all the kids, families, and community members affected by this senseless act. I'm grateful for the first responders and folks who acted quickly to help, and we are in contact with local partners as we await more information.— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) November 22, 2021
White House said they were in touch with local officials and confirmed President Biden had been briefed. "The White House is closely monitoring the situation in Waukesha and our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted by this terrible incident," said a White House official. "We have reached out to state and local officials to offer any support and assistance as needed."
At this time, we can confirm that 5 people are deceased and over 40 are injured. However, these numbers may change as we collect additional information. Many people have self-transported to area hospitals. The Police Department has the person of interest in custody.— cityofwaukesha (@CityofWaukesha) November 22, 2021
Archdiocese of Milwaukee claimed that one of its Catholic priests, multiple parishioners, and Waukesha Catholic school children were among those injured. "Please join us in prayer for all those involved, their families, and those who are traumatized from witnessing the horrible scene," said Archdiocese spokesperson Sandra Peterson in a statement Sunday night, reported NPR.
This is a developing news story with inputs from officials, local authorities, and credible news outlets from the ground. We will update the story as we get more information on the matter.