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  • Five dead after a car plows into Waukesha Wisconsin parade

Five people have been confirmed dead and more than 40 others injured after a car plowed into a parade in the US state of Wisconsin, police say.

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Footage shows a red SUV driving through a Christmas parade in the city of Waukesha, west of Milwaukee, at around 16:40 local time (22:40 GMT). Police chief Dan Thompson said it hit dozens of people, including children.

One person is in custody. The incident does not appear "at this time" to be an act of terrorism, one official said.

The suspect appeared to have been fleeing another scene when he ran into people at the parade, the law enforcement official - who is familiar with the early findings of the investigation - told the BBC's US partner CBS News.


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Local resident Angelito Tenorio told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper he had just finished marching in the parade when the SUV "put the pedal to the metal and just [started] zooming full speed along the parade route."

"Then we heard a loud bang, and just deafening cries and screams from people who are struck by the vehicle," he said. Corey Montiho said his daughter's dance team was hit by the SUV.

"There were pom-poms and shoes and spilled hot chocolate everywhere. I had to go from one crumpled body to the other to find my daughter," he told the paper. Police in Waukesha warned that the number of fatalities and injuries could change as they "collect additional information", adding that many people had "self-transported" to local hospitals.

The parade in Waukesha - a community of about 72,000 people - is held every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and includes fancy dress, dancers, and marching bands. This year's theme was "comfort and joy". Chief Thompson said officers had recovered a "suspect vehicle" and a person of interest was in custody, but gave no further details. He added that the investigation was "very fluid".

Police fired at the car to try to stop it, he said. Fire chief Steven Howard told reporters that his department had taken 11 adults and 12 children to nearby hospitals after the incident. The city's police department later said Waukesha's public schools would be closed on Monday.

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Mayor Shawn Reilly meanwhile said it was a "traumatic" time for the city. "My heart goes out to all those affected by this senseless act," he said.

Local media reported that police officers ran down the street during the incident, telling people to take shelter in shops.

Hammed Zubair

posted 2021-11-22 08:14:42

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