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US: What we know about what happened at the Wisconsin Christmas parade

'Some fatalities,' more than 20 hurt after vehicle plows through parade in Wisconsin

  'Some fatalities,' more than 20 hurt after vehicle plows through parade in Wisconsin 'Some fatalities,' more than 20 hurt after vehicle plows through parade in Wisconsin(Reuters) -At least some people were killed when a sports utility vehicle sped through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, bowling over at least 20 people including several youngsters waving pompoms and a group of "Dancing Grannies".

The celebratory sounds of a Wisconsin Christmas parade were interrupted by terrified screams Sunday after a vehicle plowed into participants and spectators gathered for the event in Waukesha, a city about 20 miles west of downtown Milwaukee.

Police investigate at the scene of a crash involving multiple people and injuries at a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wis., on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP) © Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/AP Police investigate at the scene of a crash involving multiple people and injuries at a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wis., on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

At least five people were killed and more than 40 were injured in the chaos, city officials said.

Here's what we know about the incident unfolded.

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  Police: 'Some' killed when SUV hits Christmas parade WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — An SUV driver sped through a police line and into a parade of Christmas marchers on Sunday, hitting more than 20 adults and children in a horrifying scene captured by the city’s livestream and the cellphones of onlookers. Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said “some” people had been killed but would not give an exact number. A person was in custody, he said, but he did not give any indication of motive. One video shows aWaukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said “some” people had been killed but would not give an exact number. A person was in custody, he said, but he did not give any indication of motive.

What happened during the parade

Crowds were bundled up along Waukesha's Main Street to enjoy the parade when a red SUV drove through a series of barricades and barreled onto the parade route around 4:39 p.m. local time, Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said.

A video of the parade recorded by Angela O'Boyle, who was watching from her fifth-story apartment balcony, shows the SUV hitting an individual in a marching band. The vehicle then continues forward, hitting and running over others in the band and crowd before driving away.

In the video, people can be heard screaming and seen running for safety as the SUV continues it's path through the crowd.

Video of the parade published on the city's Facebook page shows a red SUV driving quickly through the parade, followed by a running police officer.

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  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.

A Waukesha police officer discharged their weapon in an attempt to stop the driver, Thompson said. No bystanders were struck by the officer's gunfire, the chief added, noting that he doesn't believe any shots were fired from the SUV.

A vehicle was recovered and a "person of interest" was taken into custody, Thompson said. "The scene is now safe," the chief said Sunday evening.

Where the investigation stands

Thompson would not say whether the person in custody was the driver of the SUV or if any arrests have been made.

The City of Waukesha posted this graphic of the Christmas Parade route prior to the scheduled start Sunday afternoon. © City of Waukesha The City of Waukesha posted this graphic of the Christmas Parade route prior to the scheduled start Sunday afternoon.

It is unknown at this time whether the incident was an act of terrorism, he added.

Special Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have responded to assist the Waukesha Police Department, according to Erik Longnecker, acting division chief of the Public Affairs Division of the ATF.

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Roads in the area will remain closed for at least 24 hours, Thompson said. Businesses along road where the incident took place should remain closed Monday, city officials said.

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. © 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.

Who was injured

Among the injured are a Catholic priest, multiple parishioners and Waukesha Catholic school children, according to Sandra Peterson, the communication director for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

"Please join us in prayer for all those involved, their families, and those who are traumatized from witnessing the horrible scene," Peterson said in a statement.

Aurora Medical Center-Summit, a hospital in Waukesha County, told CNN Sunday night it was 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.

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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.

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 or their conditions. Level I trauma centers typically care for the most critically ill patients.

The School District of Waukesha canceled classes Monday, according to the district, and will determine whether 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.

How witnesses described what happened

O'Boyle, who recorded the incident from her balcony, told CNN she was watching the parade 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."

O'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."

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Kaylee Staral, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel intern who also witnessed what happened, 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 of what she saw, 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."

Angela O'Boyle, a Waukesha resident, recorded the incident from her apartment balcony. © Angela O'Boyle Angela O'Boyle, a Waukesha resident, recorded the incident from her apartment balcony.

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