5 Dead After SUV Plows Into Christmas Parade

Police have suspect in custody; more than 40 others are hurt in Wisconsin tragedy
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 21, 2021 7:25 PM CST
Updated Nov 22, 2021 12:53 AM CST
SUV Plows Into Wisconsin Christmas Parade; 20 Hurt
Police investigate the scene of a crash at a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wis., on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.   (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Updated: This article has been updated to reflect the number of fatalities and injuries.
A joyous scene of marching bands and children dancing in Santa hats and waving pompoms turned deadly in an instant, as an SUV sped through barricades and into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, killing at least five people and injuring more than 40 others Sunday, the AP reports. One video showed a woman screaming, “Oh my God!” repeatedly as a group of young dancers was struck. A father talked of going “from one crumpled body to the other” in search of his daughter. Members of a “Dancing Grannies” club were among those hit. The city of Waukesha says it is still collecting information on casualties, and it did not release any information about the victims.

A “person of interest” was in custody, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said, but he gave no details about the person or any possible motive. The investigation was ongoing, with assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The horror was recorded by the city’s livestream and onlookers' cellphones. One video shows the moment the red SUV broke through the barricades and the sound of what appears to be several gunshots. Thompson said a Waukesha police officer fired his gun to try to stop the vehicle. No bystanders were injured by the gunfire, and Thompson said he did not know if the driver was struck by the officer’s bullets.

One video shows the SUV striking what appears to be members of a marching band and several others along the parade route before driving on. The sound of the marching band heard before the SUV approaches is replaced by screams. Another video shows a young child dancing in the street as the SUV speeds by, just a few feet from her, before it hurtles into parade participants a few hundred feet ahead. One video, of dancers with pompoms, ends with a group of people tending to a girl on the ground. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers tweeted that he and his wife are praying for the "kids, families, and community members affected by this senseless act." Waukesha is located about 20 miles west of Milwaukee.
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