A delightful Christmas parade in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin, turned horrific as a red SUV shot through the crowd and caused deaths and multiple casualties, many of whom were children.
On Sunday, Nov. 21 at around 4:40 p.m. local time, the vehicle suddenly plowed through the barricades and entered the street where participants were moving during the yearly seasonal event, the New York Post reported.
At least five people were killed and 40 others injured. The Post noted a dozen of them were underage. NBC News reported from at least a hospital that said three of the victims were in a critical condition.
Footage shared on social media depicted a red SUV speeded through dancing band members, with frantic yelling in the background and a police officer running after it. There were also other videos of victims lying on the ground treated by medical emergency personnel.
The authorities said they had detained a person of interest and worked with him overnight. NBC News added that the individual has a notable criminal track record. The law enforcement had seized the SUV, which was found abandoned half a mile away from the parade, according to Fox6.
Investigators were suspecting that the driver could have been the same person who was fleeing the scene after an earlier event that involved a knife. The Post reported from Police Chief Daniel Thompson that they were also looking at a potential terrorist attack.
Thompson said the streets in the area where the vehicle shot through have been shut down later in the day. Waukesha public schools have also been ordered to remain closed on Monday.
“My heart goes out to everyone affected by the devastating incident today in Waukesha. I’m grateful to the law enforcement officers, first responders, health care workers, and many others who helped get care to those who were injured as quickly as possible,” tweeted Attorney General Josh Kaul.
“What took place in Waukesha today is sickening, and I have every confidence that those responsible will be brought to justice,” Kaul continued in a separate tweet, noting the Department of Justice has been involved.