Waukesha parade news: Five dead after driver plows into Wisconsin Chri…

Police at the scene of the attack on Sunday night

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at the minimum five people have died and 40 injured after a means plowed into a Christmas parade on Sunday in Waukesha, Wisconsin, city officials have said.

Video footage shows a red SUV plowing at high speed into band members and cheerleaders marching four abreast in close formation, hitting multiple people and scattering the crowd.

Police chief Dan Thompson said his department had taken one person of interest into custody and seized the means. He said he didn’t however know if there is any connection to terrorism.

Witnesses described the “horrifying” incident and said the driver of the SUV was “going from side to side, targeting people”.

The police chief did not believe the SUV driver had fired a weapon following early reports of gunshots. He said that one officer had fired at the means in an attempt to stop it.

The White House says it is “closely monitoring the situation in Waukesha” and has offered sustain and assistance to local officers.

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Main Street and Barstow Street closed until midday

City authorities say they are shutting down Main Street and Barstow Street until midday on Monday, urging businesses in the area to keep closed.

“Main Street is closed from Barstow & Main to Wisconsin and Main. The street will not be open before mid-day tomorrow, Monday, November 22nd. Businesses in this area should keep closed as entry and exit from Main Street will not be allowed,” the tweet said.

Stuti Mishra22 November 2021 07:07

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Five dead in Waukesha incident, officials say

The SUV that rammed into the crowd gathered for the Christmas parade in Waukesha killed five people and injured 40, according to officials.

“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 on Sunday night.

This is the first a death toll has been revealed in the incident which saw dozens of people, including children, crititically injured.

Earlier, police chief Dan Thompson said the SUV had been located and a person of interest was in custody. Read more:

Stuti Mishra22 November 2021 06:19

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‘It was pretty horrifying’: Witnesses describe the Waukesha

Witnesses described how what was meant to be a joyous event, the first in-person holiday parade in Waukesha since before the pandemic, turned to horror as the unknown driver rammed into the marchers.

“He was going from side to side, targeting people,” bystander Tyler Kotlarek, 28, told the New York Times. “The car bombed by. He was flying by there going deliberately from left to right.”

Tom Hickey, 25, who marched at the rear of the parade, said he saw the red Ford Escape slowly making its way by the crowd and honking for people to get out of the way.

Mr Hickey said he thought the driver was lost, but then saw him turn right onto the parade route, gun the engine and accelerate into the crowd.

Angelito Tenorio, an alderman in nearby West Allis, told the Associated Press that the driver “just put the pedal to the metal”.

“Then we heard a loud bang,” he went on. “And after that, we just heard deafening cries and screams from the crowd, from the people at the parade. And people started rushing, running away with tears in their eyes crying.” Louise Boyle and Io Dodds report:

Stuti Mishra22 November 2021 05:32

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The SUV that plowed into Christmas parade

A red SUV which may be the one that plowed into the crowds at the Waukesha Christmas parade is pictured in a driveway in front of a boarded-up house.

Its bonnet can be seen crumpled and a part of its front bumper hanging loose. The means that plowed into the parade on Sunday night hit at the minimum two dozen people, including children, in the Wisconsin city.

(AFP via Getty Images)

Stuti Mishra22 November 2021 04:41

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Waukesha school district cancels classes

The Waukesha school district has cancelled classes for Monday, 22 November, after the deadly Christmas parade incident, a notification on the school website said.

“The District will have additional counsellors obtainable at all buildings for all students and staff in need of sustain sets,” the notification said.

(Screengrab/School District of Waukesha)

Stuti Mishra22 November 2021 03:56

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White House releases statement after Waukesha incident

“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,” the White House said in a statement. “We have reached out to state and local officials to offer any sustain and assistance as needed.”

Stuti Mishra22 November 2021 03:25

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Wisconsin attorney general vows ‘justice’

Wisconsin’s attorney general Josh Kaul has clearly described this incident as a deliberate attack, vowing to bring whoever is responsible to justice.

Io Dodds22 November 2021 03:03

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15 children injured

An update on those numbers: CBS 58 reporter Kristen Barbaresi says that 15 children were injured, but none have died at this point.

Io Dodds22 November 2021 02:59

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Wisconsin governor: ‘We’re praying for Waukesha tonight’

Wisconsin governor Tony Evers has issued a statement:

Io Dodds22 November 2021 02:49

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Fire department activated mass casualty plan

Fire chief Steven Howard said there were already firefighters on the scene when the attack happened as part of the parade.

His department activated its mass casualty plan, rapidly calling in engines from 12 other fire departments.

Io Dodds22 November 2021 02:47



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