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Video camera footage shows the moment an SUV vehicle hits attendees at the Waukesha Christmas Parade on November 21 | Photo: EFE / EPA / CITY OF WAUKESHA
At least five people died and more than 40 were injured on Sunday when a driver overturned his SUV vehicle and crushed participants in a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., U.S. officials said. city.
According to a statement from the Waukesha Police Department released on Sunday evening, the number could still change as authorities continue to seek more information. The statement also said that many people went to hospitals on their own. One person has already been arrested and the investigation remains open.
City Police Chief Dan Phillips and Mayor Shawn Reilly quickly spoke to the press last night to confirm the number of injuries. Phillips also said the vehicle used in the attack, a red SUV, was recovered.
Neither the mayor nor the police chief wanted to elaborate on this “chaotic and tragic incident,” as Phillips described it, which occurred at 4:39 p.m. local time; 19:39 GMT, when the vehicle struck participants of the parade with which the city opened the holiday season. The police chief confirmed that several of those affected were children.
Authorities have yet to provide information on the suspected person or their possible motive. A new press conference with the local police is scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Several videos posted on social networks show the speed of the car towards the parade. In one of the images, gunshots can be heard as the vehicle crosses the police cordon into the event area.
The town’s police chief reported that a policeman fired his gun in an attempt to stop the car. No one was injured by the gunfire, said the official, who said he did not know if the vehicle was hit by the gunfire.