“There are facts that the Waukesha suspect was fleeing another crime scene when he hit the parade route,” CNN reported, citing police sources.
The same information was reported by CBS, also adding that investigators doubted the terrorist motive of the crime.
The local radio station News / Talk 1130 WISN reported that the suspects are repeatedly convicted 39-year-old black man, previously accused of domestic violence. Two days before the tragic event, he was released on bail. According to radio sources, the man was supposed to be engaged in a fight just before the parade – probably with a knife – and escape from the crime scene.
Five people are dead, 40 are injured
“We can now confirm that at least five people are dead and more than 40 are injured, but these numbers may still change as we are still collecting information from the scene,” city officials said on social media.
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It is not yet known whether the incident was a terrorist attack, said local police chief Dan Thompson. As he added, a suspicious person was detained and his vehicle was confiscated.
VIDEO: Event recording
A large part of the street where the parade was taking place has been closed due to the investigation, CNN TV reported.
“We heard a loud thump and deafening screams”
The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon local time in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee. The red off-road vehicle broke the barriers and rammed groups of people participating in the traditional Christmas parade.
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According to Fox6 TV, the car ran into a group of dancing cheerleaders aged 9-15. The recording on social media shows a small group of injured girls and pompoms scattered around.
– We saw a passing SUV, which was driving at high speed towards the parade route – reported the witness of the event, Angelito Tenorio, a councilor near West Allis. – Later we heard a loud thump and deafening screams of people into which this car crashed – he added.
He hit a group of girls
The footage from surveillance cameras and witnesses shows a red SUV ramming the barriers along the parade route and driving into people at high speed.
The video also shows shots, which – as it turned out – was fired by one of the local policemen, unsuccessfully trying to stop the attacker.
According to one of the witnesses quoted by the “Milwaukee Journal Sentinel”, the car hit, among others, by into a group of girls from the school dance team.
“There were pompoms and shoes in the street”
– There were pompoms and shoes in the street. I had to go from one crushed body to the next to find my daughter. My wife and two daughters were almost run over, said Corey Montiho, a member of the local school board.
“Today our community is facing horror and tragedy on what was supposed to be its celebration,” Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly said at a press conference.
Wisconsin Senators, Republican Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, expressed their condolences. As CNN reported, the situation is also monitored by the White House, which is in contact with local authorities.
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