5 dead, more than 40 injured after SUV plows into crowd at Christmas parade in Wisconsin
By Reis Thebault, Andrea Salcedo, Bryan Pietsch and Jennifer Hassan
Five people were killed and more than 40 were injured after a driver in an SUV plowed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., on Sunday evening, officials said — a violent end to the otherwise festive scene where children were dancing in the street and a marching band played “Jingle Bells.”
The toll of dead and injured could increase as more information is gathered, the Waukesha Police Department said early Monday.
Authorities have recovered the driver’s vehicle and have taken one person into custody, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said at a news conference Sunday evening. Thompson, who said the investigation was still “very fluid” and that it was “unknown at this time whether the incident has any nexus to terrorism,” did not comment on a possible motive. The FBI said it was assisting local authorities in the investigation.
Waukesha Fire Chief Steven Howard said first responders activated their “mass casualty protocols” and took 23 people to hospitals, including 12 children. Additional people were transported to medical facilities by the police and family members, he said.
“We saw an SUV speeding down the parade route,” Angelito Tenorio, who is running as a Democrat for Wisconsin state treasurer, told The Washington Post on Monday. “We didn’t know if this was an accident or a deliberate attack.”
Tenorio, who attended the parade with his family and campaign manager, had been marching with the Waukesha County Democrats shortly before the incident. What came next was a “loud bang,” “deafening cries and screams,” and a wave of “fear and agony,” said Tenerio, a West Allis alderman. The streets erupted into chaos as parents rushed to protect their children and parade attendees fled the scene, leaving a trail of belongings behind them