Five killed after being hit by parade in Wisconsin

U.S.A.Five killed after being hit by parade in Wisconsin

In a photo taken on social media on November 21, 2021, an SUV crashes into a parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States. Waukesha City / Facebook / via Reuters

by Eric Beach and Alexandra Ulmer

November 21 (Reuters) – Five people were killed and more than 40 injured when an SUV rammed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday, including a group of pom-pom-waving youths and Dozens of people were killed, including The name “Dancing Grannies”.

“At this time, we can confirm that five people have been killed and more than 40 are injured,” the Waukesha Police Department said on its Facebook page. “However, these figures may change as we collect additional information.”

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson previously told the media that a suspect was in custody and a vehicle was recovered after the incident in the city, about 20 miles west of Milwaukee.

It was not known if the incident was related to terrorism, but Thompson said there was no further threat and an order to seek asylum was lifted in the city, which has about 72,000 residents.

Videos posted online show a red sports car speeding through the parade, before a crowd of more than a dozen people rush to the sidewalk to offer help.

Thompson said an officer opened fire on the vehicle in an attempt to stop the vehicle. Another video posted on social media showed police firing when the vehicle hit road barriers. Police do not believe shots were fired from the vehicle, Thompson said, contrary to previous reports.

Belén Santamaria, her husband and their three-year-old daughter were scheduled to join the parade along with their Catholic church. However, 39-year-old Santamaria, a Mexican factory worker, woke up on Sunday with back pain, so the family watched the procession from the sidewalk.

“The SUV went past,” said Santamaria. “Then I could hear people screaming”

She hid in a restaurant with her daughter, while her husband, 39-year-old deliveryman Jesus Ochoa, ran to help the injured. He said he learned from other members of his church that about 10 members of the congregation, mostly Latino and both adults and children, were injured.

“I was going there, walking,” said Santamaria. “The SUV must have hit us too.”

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A woman told Milwaukee television channel Fox6 that the SUV hit a dance group of girls aged 9 to 15. He said the immediate response was silence, followed by screaming, running and examining the wounded, Fox 6 reported. Videos posted on social media show small groups of injured girls scattered with white fanfare around them.

According to ABC-linked Milwaukee WISN-TV, a witness said the driver also ran over a group of “dancing grannies” and at least one person rolled onto the hood of the SUV.

“Group members and volunteers were crushed and we await news of their condition,” Milwaukee’s Dancing Grannies said on their Facebook page. “Please keep in your thoughts and prayers Grandma, all the injured and everyone who witnessed this horrific incident.”

Another eyewitness estimated that the SUV was traveling at about 40 mph when it hit a moving crowd on the road, the television station said.

“As we were re-entering between buildings… we saw a jeep cross over, hit the gas, and go all the way down the parade course. And then we heard a loud crash, and Deaf screams of people were heard in the vehicle.” Angelito Tenorio, a councilor from nearby West Allis, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

A local CBS affiliate later showed an image on Twitter, showing a red SUV with a broken hood and hanging front fenders, parked in a driveway.

A White House official said President Joe Biden was briefed by his aides about the incidents.

“The White House is closely monitoring the situation in Waukesha and our hearts go out to all those affected by this horrific incident. We have reached out to state and local officials to offer any help and assistance. “

Photos and videos of Waukesha going viral on Twitter show police cars and ambulances crowding the street with Christmas lights in the aftermath of the incident, which happened shortly after 4:30 pm (2230 GMT).

Wisconsin Children’s Hospital said on Twitter that it had received 15 patients as of 8 p.m., with no deaths reported at the time.

(Reporting by Eric Beach; Writing by Lincoln Feast; Editing in Spanish by Juana Casas, translated by Jose Muoz in the Gdask Office)

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