More than 20 injured after car drives into Christmas parade in Wisconsin: Police
More than 20 were injured when an SUV sped into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Sunday, police said. Your browser does not support this video At 4:39 p.m. local time, a red SUV drove into the town's Christmas parade, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said at a press conference Sunday evening. © City of Waukesha People watch a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisc., on Nov. 21, 2021, shortly before an incident where a car drove into the parade, injuring more than 20, according to police.
Five people were killed and more than 40 were injured after a driver in an SUV plowed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha , Wis., Sunday evening, officials said . The number of those dead and injured could increase as more information is gathered, the Waukesha Police Department said early
The vehicle broke through barricades about 4:40 p.m. local time, roughly 40 minutes after the parade began. In interviews, witnesses recounted the terrifying scene after the vehicle barreled into the crowd, shattering the festive mood at the annual Christmas parade in Waukesha , about 20 miles
The SUV drives through the Christmas parade in Waukesha , Wisconsin , on Sunday. Photograph: Jesus Ochoa via Spectee. Michele Johnson, an eyewitness, wrote on the City of Waukesha Facebook page: “It was horrifying! The car drove past us and saw bodies flying. People screaming.
One witness said the driver hit the “Dancing Grannies” and at least one person flipped over the hood of the SUV, according to WISN-TV, an ABC affiliate. Photos and videos of Waukesha circulating on Twitter showed police cars and ambulances crowding a street decked out with Christmas lights in the aftermath of
Five people were killed and more than 40 were injured when a vehicle drove into a Christmas parade Sunday afternoon in Waukesha, Wisconsin, city officials said. © Nathan Bryce vehicle waukesha incident
"These numbers may change as we collect additional information. Many people have self-transported to area hospitals," the city of Waukesha said in a Twitter post early Monday.
Witnesses described the horror of seeing individuals struck and lying on the ground after a red SUV drove through a series of barricades and barreled into the crowded parade route on Main Street around 4:39 p.m. local time.
Police Chief Daniel P. Thompson said officers are working with the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office to identify victims.
Joy turns to horror as SUV speeds into Christmas parade
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A joyous scene of marching bands and children dancing in Santa hats and waving pompoms turned deadly in an instant, as an SUV sped through a barricade and into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee while spectators watched in horror. One video showed a woman screaming, “Oh my God!” repeatedly as a group of young dancers was struck Sunday. A father talked of going “from one crumpled body to the other” in search of his daughter. Members of a “Dancing Grannies” club were among those hit. © Provided by Associated Press A police officer uses a flashlight while looking for evidence in downtown Waukesha, Wis.
Police have said there were "some fatalities" after a car ploughed into a parade in Wisconsin . Footage posted online shows a red sports utility vehicle (SUV) driving through a Christmas parade in the city of Waukesha , west of Milwaukee, at around 16: 40 local time (22: 40 GMT). Police chief Dan Thompson said it hit more than 20 people including children. He confirmed people had died but said they would not give details until family members had been told. Local resident Angelito Tenorio told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper he had just finished marching in the parade when the incident
Multiple people are feared to have been injured after a car rammed into a crowd of parade -goers in the city of Waukesha , Wisconsin . There have also been reports of shots fired. Police and ambulances are on the scene.
Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow referred to the incident at the parade as “an unspeakable tragedy,” adding that “ a vehicle drove through the parade route injuring many people.”
Thompson says there is "a person of interest in custody," but would not say whether it was the driver of the SUV nor if any arrests have been made.
"This is still a very fluid investigation," the chief told reporters Sunday night.
Children are among the injured, he said.
A Waukesha police officer discharged their weapon in an attempt to stop the driver, and no bystanders were struck by the officer's gunfire, the chief said. Thompson added that he doesn't believe any shots were fired from the vehicle.
It is unknown at this time whether Sunday's incident was an act of terrorism, Thompson said. "The scene is now safe and secure," he added.
Aurora Medical Center-Summit, a hospital in Waukesha County, told CNN Sunday night it is treating 13 patients: three listed in critical condition, four in serious condition and six in fair condition. "We are deeply saddened by today's senseless tragedy and our hearts are with the Waukesha community," a statement from the hospital said.
SUV driver in parade crash may have been fleeing a crime
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether the SUV driver who plowed through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, killing at least five people and injuring more than 40, was fleeing a crime, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The joyous scene of marching bands and children dancing in Santa hats and waving pompoms turned deadly in an instant on Sunday, giving way to screams and scenes of crumpled bodies as the SUV sped through barricades and struck dancers, musicians and others. Members of a “Dancing Grannies” club were among those killed. © Provided by Associated Press Police canvass the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wis.
Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said “some” people had been killed but would not give an exact number. Fire Chief Steven Howard said 11 adults and 12 children were injured and transported to hospitals by his department. The investigation was ongoing, with assistance from the Wisconsin
One video shows a woman screaming, “Oh my God!” repeatedly after a group of girls wearing Santa hats and dancing with white pompoms is struck. Another shows the SUV plowing into members of a marching band, their music replaced with terrified screams. Fire Chief Steven Howard said 11 adults
At least five people have died and more than 40 are injured after an SUV rammed into children and adults taking part in a Christmas parade in Waukesha , a suburb of Milwaukee, police say .
Children's Wisconsin, a pediatric hospital in Milwaukee, said it was treating 15 patients who were hurt, with no reported fatalities as of Sunday night. Waukesha is located about 20 miles west of downtown Milwaukee.
Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee -- the only Level I trauma center in southeast Wisconsin -- confirmed to CNN that it is also treating patients but is not providing a specific number nor conditions. Level I trauma centers typically care for the most critically ill patients. © City of Waukesha Video of the parade published on the city's Facebook page shows a red SUV driving quickly through the parade, followed by a police officer running through the scene.
Witnesses describe a joyous night that ended in tragedy
A video obtained by CNN shows the moment the vehicle struck pedestrians. A red SUV is seen hitting an individual participating in a marching band, then the vehicle continues forward, hitting and running over others in the band and crowd before driving away.
Waukesha parade crash suspect's bail raises questions
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — The suspect in a Christmas parade crash in suburban Milwaukee that killed five people was free on $1,000 bail posted just two days before the deadly event, a fact that is leading to a review of what happened and renewed calls for giving judges more power to set higher bails. One pending case against Darrell Brooks Jr. included an allegation that he deliberately hit a woman with his car in early November after a fight. Prosecutors in Milwaukee County on Monday called their bail recommendation “inappropriately low” given the facts of that case and the Sunday crash, and said they would review it.
A parade in Waukesha , Wisconsin was interrupted after a car could be seen in a live stream zooming by a parade and reportedly crashed into bystanders.
Thompson said an officer who has been on the force for just over six years opened fire on the vehicle . A person of interest is currently in custody but Thompson stressed that the investigation is “very active." Thompson does not believe the suspect ever opened fire. Some of the fatalities are children, Thompson said , and the identities won't be revealed until families are notified.
Angela O'Boyle, who lives in an apartment on the fifth floor which overlooks the parade route, told CNN she was on the balcony watching when "the next thing I heard were screams, and turned my head and saw the car come and plow into the band that was just pass 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."
Boyle said she heard screaming and people yelling out their children's names, adding "it was not something that I wanted to see ... a little freaked out."
Kaylee Staral, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel intern who witnessed the incident, told CNN's Pamela Brown "probably around 20 to 30 minutes into the parade, a red SUV came running down the middle of the street -- there were a lot of screams -- and we almost thought maybe it was Santa, but it was a red SUV and it hit a lot of people."
Staral went on to say "there were multiple people on the ground."
In her description into those injured, Staral said "right in front of me in the little spot where I was sitting, probably four people were down, so there were a lot of people that ran to go check on them. I believe that the four people in front of me were still breathing but they were down, they were not moving."
'Glue me back together': Online pleas to aid parade victims
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Friends and families of the roughly 50 people, including many children, hit by an SUV that sped through a Christmas parade in a suburban Milwaukee downtown say they suffered life-threatening injuries, with some clinging to life. A young girl who is a member of a dance troupe struck by the SUV, a moment captured on cellphone video, woke up Monday and told doctors, “just glue me back together,” according to her GoFundMe fundraising page organized by a family friend.“No child or parent should have to endure this amount pain and suffering," the girl's mother, Amber Konhke, posted Tuesday afternoon.
Schools closed as a community mourns
Roads in the area will remain closed for at least 24 hours, Thompson said. Businesses along roadway where the incident took place should remain closed Monday, city officials said.
Waukesha police had sent a push alert to cell phones in the area after the incident, asking those "within a 1/2 mile radius of the 5 points downtown" to immediately shelter in place. The alert is no longer in effect, Thompson said.
The School District of Waukesha canceled classes on Monday, according to the school district, and will determine if classes will resume Tuesday.
"The District will have additional counselors available during the school day at all buildings for all students that may be in need of support services," school officials said in a statement.
Waukesha County executive Paul Farrow said he "had just finished participating in the parade with my wife when I noticed police sirens." Farrow asked for prayers for the community and said he has been in touch with Mayor Shawn Reilly and Gov. Tony Evers.
The governor said on Twitter, "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."
Waukesha alderman Don Paul Browne told CNN he was marching in the front of the parade and was out before the incident, saying "this is so sad and so senseless."
The White House is in touch with state and local officials, according to a White House official, and President Joe Biden has 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," a White House official said. "We have reached out to state and local officials to offer any support and assistance as needed."
6th Intentional Homicide Charge Added For Driver Who Crashed Into Wisconsin Christmas Parade .
The sixth charge is for victim Jackson Sparks, an 8-year-old boy who was walking in the parade with his 12-year-old brother Tucker, who was also injured.The sixth charge is for victim Jackson Sparks, an 8-year-old boy who was walking in the parade with his 12-year-old brother Tucker, who was also injured in the crash, The Associated Press reported. If convicted, each charge has a life sentence.