Waukesha, Wisconsin – five died, and at least 40 people were injured after an SUV plowed through Wisconsin Parade on Sunday.
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According to the reports received, among 40 people knocked down by the vehicle were youngsters chanting and waving pom-poms and a group of “Dancing-Grannies”.
“At this time, we can confirm that five people are deceased and over 40 are injured,” reported Waukesha Police Department by posting on Facebook. “However, these numbers may change as we collect additional information.”
Earlier, Dan Thompson from the police dept reported having a person of interest in custody and recovering a vehicle from the nearby town 32 kilometers from west of Milwaukee after the incident.
It is yet to identify whether the accident was related to terrorism. However, no further danger is expected. Moreover, a shelter in place order put earlier has been lifted – said Thompson.
The video of the incident retrieved shows a red SUV plowing at full speed through the Wisconsin Parade, crushing over dozens of people before they could run from sidewalks to save themselves.
In another video, an officer was spotted attempting to shoot the vehicle to stop the massacre as it broke through the street barriers. As per Thompson’s statement, cops are assured that the shots were not fired from the vehicle.
A Mexican factory worker, Belen Santamaria, her spouse, and daughter had planned to join the Wisconsin Parade with their church but fortunately, the 39-year-old Santamaria woke up late that morning due to back pain so they watched the parade from the sidewalk.
“The SUV came by at full speed, then I started to hear people screaming,” said Santamaria.
While she and her daughter hid inside a restaurant, husband Jesus Ochoa, the delivery worker, ran outside to save the injured. He also got to know that hardly ten congregation members were wounded. Latinos, youngsters, and adults made the majority.
“The SUV came by at full speed,” Santamaria said. “Then I started to hear people screaming.” Tony Evers, the Wisconsin Governor, posted on Twitter: “Kathy and I are praying for Waukesha tonight and all the kids, families, and community members affected by this senseless act. I’m grateful for the first responders and folks who acted quickly to help, and we are in contact with local partners as we await more information.”