Waukesha: Red SUV speeds towards Christmas parade
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The incident, which took place in the Wisconsin city of Waukesha at around 22:40 (GMT), has resulted in numerous injuries and multiple fatalities, the Waukesha chief of police said. Officials have now updated the number of injured to more than 40 and have said five had been killed.
Previous reports had indicated over 20 were injured with an unknown number of fatalities.
Video footage from the parade shows a red vehicle travelling down the road at speed.
Bystanders appear to look ahead as the car continues out of shot and others scream.
A man can then be seen running down the road in the same direction as the red vehicle.
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Separate footage appears to show police officers firing upon the vehicle.
One man told a Fox 6 Now reporter “most of his family are in the hospital” but he and his wife managed to walk away.
According to the same reporter, a woman told him she saw the red SUV “barrel through” a dance team.
Despite reports the driver of the vehicle fired shots from the car, Chief of Police Daniel Thompson said: “At this time, we do not believe there were any [shots] fired from the vehicle.
“We believe that the officer discharged their firearm to stop the vehicle.”
The Waukesha Chief of Police also confirmed the scene is now safe and they’ve located the vehicle involved.
Police have since added a person of interest is being held in custody.
One official said the incident does not appear “at this time” to be an act of terrorism.
This law enforcement official told CBS News that the suspect had appeared to be fleeing a separate scene, and then ran into the parade.
The White House has released a statement which detailed that they were monitoring the statement, and 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,” ABC news reported.
Jen Psaki, White House press secretary tweeted that Mr Biden would be receiving periodic updates, adding: “Our hearts are with the families and the entire community.”
Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, 59, responded to the reports by writing on Twitter: “The horrific violence at the Waukesha Christmas Parade is just heartbreaking.
“Please keep the victims in your prayers tonight.”
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, 70, added: “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.”
Additional reporting by Jack Walters.
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