On Sunday evening, a red SUV speeded through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. City changing a festive scene to a tragic one. City officials stated that five people had died and more than 40 had been injured. Police also said that they have recovered the vehicle and have detained a person of interest.
The parade had groups of children as well as grandmothers who were dancing in tune to a band as marchers in the parade. The parade was an annual event and was in its 58th year. The parade did not take place last year due to the pandemic. This year, the theme was “Comfort and Joy.” As the marchers were joyfully walking and dancing on the Main Street in the Milwaukee suburb, the car suddenly dashed through the crowd, killing some, injuring many and scattering many more people and changed the parade to one of sorrow and tragedy.
Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said that they had not as yet found a motive but had not discounted terrorism. The police said that the investigation was ongoing. Several eyewitnesses said that the driver was male. However, the police did not release this detail. They said that police had fired shots at the driver. An eyewitness also said that the car was a Red Ford Escape and that the man driving the car was wearing a sweatshirt and a gray hat.
BREAKING: First video of a red Ford Escape breaking through barriers after mowing down parade goers and firing rifle into crowd in Waukesha, WI pic.twitter.com/QHDi2fsKDz— David Kimball (@wxandnews) November 21, 2021
Many children and some elderly have been admitted to hospitals, a few are critical and many are injured. Five have already died. Certain groups who took part in the parade have mentioned the losses and injuries of participating members and have asked for prayers. Some of the groups that have mentioned that they participated in the holiday parade and have dead or injured members include Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, Xtreme Dance team, Catholic schools and more.
All Waukesha schools will be closed on Monday.
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