A person of interest is in police custody after an SUV was driven into crowds, resulting in ‘some fatalities’ and more than 20 injured
A vehicle has ploughed into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon local time, killing several people and injuring more than 20.
Here’s what we know so far:
A red sports utility vehicle (SUV) drove at speed into marchers at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon.
The town’s police chief Dan Thompson told media there had been “some fatalities” and more than 20 people were injured. Police have refused to confirm the number of fatalities until all next of kin are notified.
Eleven adults and 12 children have been taken to hospital.
The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin said it had received 15 patients from the parade and no reported fatalities as of 8 pm.
One person of interest is in police custody, with the vehicle involved also recovered.
Police would not say if the incident was terror-related.
Videos of the horrifying incident have been posted on social media, showing the SUV speed toward marchers.
Eyewitnesses estimated the car was travelling at around 40mph (67kmh) when it struck the crowds.
Police confirmed an officer fired his gun in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but did not know if the driver was struck by the officer’s bullets.
An advisory was issued for residents to “shelter in place” while police searched for the driver, prompting Carroll University in Waukesha to go into lockdown.
The city’s livestream of the holiday parade captured scenes of the car speeding through the parade.Continue reading...