5 Dead After SUV Driver Plows Into Wisconsin Christmas Parade

By Patrick Goodenough | November 21, 2021 | 10:42pm EST
A still from the City of Waukesha’s livestream of the Christmas parade shows a dark red SUV speeding along the parade route. (Screengrab)
A still from the City of Waukesha’s livestream of the Christmas parade shows a dark red SUV speeding along the parade route. (Screengrab)

(CNSNews.com) – Waukesha, Wisc. police chief Daniel Thompson confirmed on Sunday night that there were “some fatalities” after an SUV plowed into people enjoying the town’s Christmas parade.

Press reports said five people were killed and dozen were injured, as authorities seek to notify families.

Eleven adults and 12 children were taken to six local hospitals, Fire Chief Steve Howard told a briefing around 8 PM local time. “We do not have any specifics on the injuries at this time,” he said. “There were some fatalities.”  

Thompson said a red SUV had broken through a barricade and struck dozens of people.

“Some of the individuals were children, and there were some fatalities as a result of this incident.”

 

Thompson said a police officer had fired towards the vehicle in an attempt to stop it. No bystanders were injured as a result of the shooting.

Responding to claims on social media that someone in the SUV had fired shots, he said, “at this time we do not believe there were any shots fired from the vehicle.”

Thompson indicated that the suspect vehicle had been located, and that “a person of interest” was in custody. “But this is still a very fluid investigation.” Press reports said the driver may have been fleeing from a knife fight, but that is not confirmed.

“It is unknown as this time whether this incident has any nexus to terrorism,” Thompson said.

Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly described the incident as “a horrible, senseless tragedy.”

“I walked in the parade at the beginning. I saw the happy children sitting on the kerb,” he said. “I saw the happy parents behind their children. I can still see the smiling faces.”

“My heart goes out to those who all those affected by this senseless act,” Reilly said. “My heart goes out to those injured, as well as to their families. My heart goes out to those who were witness to these events. My heart goes out to those who lost a loved one tonight.”

Waukesha school classes will be canceled on Monday, superintendent of schools James Sebert announced.

“Our thoughts are with everyone impacted, with all who witnessed the event, and with our entire community.”

Waukesha is a city of around 72,000 people, 17 miles west of Milwaukee.

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