Waukesha: An SUV driver sped by a police line and right into a parade of Christmas marchers on Sunday, hitting greater than 20 adults and youngsters in a horrifying scene captured by the town’s livestream and the cellphones of onlookers.
Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson stated “some” folks had been killed however wouldn’t give a precise quantity. An individual was in custody, he stated, however didn’t give any indication of a motive.
One video reveals a girl screaming, “Oh my God!” repeatedly after a gaggle of ladies carrying Santa hats and dancing with white pompoms is struck.
Another reveals the SUV ploughing into members of a marching band, their music changed with terrified screams Fire Chief Steven Howard stated 11 adults and 12 kids had been injured and transported to hospitals by his division. It was unknown what number of others injured had been taken to hospitals by others.
Police additionally had custody of the automobile, Thompson stated. The investigation was ongoing. As the SUV broke by barricades, a Waukesha police officer fired his gun in an try and cease the automobile, Thompson stated. No bystanders had been injured and Thompson stated he didn’t know if the motive force was struck by the officer’s bullets.
One video reveals the second the SUV broke by the barricades and the sound of what seems to be a number of gunshots. The video was taken when the pompom dancers received struck ends with a gaggle of individuals tending to one of many ladies who’re on the bottom.
Corey Montiho, a Waukesha college district board member, instructed the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his daughter’s dance workforce was hit by the SUV.
“They were pompoms and shoes and spilled hot chocolate everywhere. I had to go from one crumpled body to the other to find my daughter,” he stated. “My wife and two daughters were almost hit. Please pray for everybody. Please pray.”
One entry within the parade, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, posted on its Facebook web page that “members of the group and volunteers were impacted and we are waiting for word on their conditions.” The submit requested folks to maintain the Grannies and anybody else injured of their prayers. The group’s profile describes them as a “group of grannies that meet once a week to practice routines for summer and winter parades.”
Chris Germain, co-owner of the Aspire Dance Center studio, had about 70 ladies within the parade starting from as younger as 2 being pulled in wagons to age 18. Germain, whose personal 3-year-old daughter was within the parade, stated he was driving on the head of their entry when he noticed a maroon SUV that “just blazed right past us.” A police officer got here by on foot chasing after, he stated. Germain stated he jumped out of his personal SUV and gathered the ladies who had been with him.
“There were small children laying all over the road, there were police officers and EMTs doing CPR on multiple members of the parade,” he stated.
Angelito Tenorio, a West Allis alderman who’s working for Wisconsin state treasurer, stated he was watching the parade along with his household once they noticed the SUV come dashing into the world.
“Then we heard a loud bang,” Tenorio stated. “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.”
The Waukesha college district cancelled courses Monday and stated in a discover on its web site that additional counsellors can be available for college kids and workers. The parade’s listing of entries included cheer, dance and band entries related to district faculties.
Gov. Tony Evers stated he and his spouse, Kathy, had been “praying for Waukesha tonight and all the kids, families, and community members affected by this senseless act.”
Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, who was on the parade however left simply earlier than the incident, known as it “an unspeakable tragedy, affecting us all as we work to overcome an extremely challenging two years and resume our cherished holiday traditions.”
The parade is sponsored by the town’s Chamber of Commerce. This 12 months’s version was the 59th of the occasion that is held every year the Sunday earlier than Thanksgiving.
Waukesha is a western suburb of Milwaukee, and about 55 miles north of Kenosha, the place Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted Friday of expenses stemming from the taking pictures of three males throughout unrest in that metropolis in August 2020..”