By Eric Beach and Alexandra Ulmer
(Reuters) – More than 20 people were injured when a red SUV drove through a crowded Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday, the local police chief said, and at least one was killed, a local CBS-authorized journalist tweeted.
Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said the suspect’s car had been recovered and there was no further threat after the incident in Waukesha, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Milwaukee.
“A red SUV drove into our Christmas parade that we were doing downtown. More than 20 people were injured,” Thompson told reporters.
Authorities have identified a person interested in the case, he added without elaborating.
He said some of the injured were taken to hospital by ambulance, others to police and many more to family and friends.
A video posted online of the incident shows a red sports utility car plowing through the parade, with more than a dozen people seen driving.
In a second video, police were seen firing at the same vehicle when it crashed into a roadblock.
One woman told the Fox 6 TV station that the SUV hit a dance troupe of 9- to 15-year-old girls. He said the immediate response was silence, then screaming, running and examining the injured, Fox 6 reported.
Pictures and videos of Waukesha circulating on Twitter (NYSE 🙂 show police cars and ambulances crowding the streets decorated with Christmas lights after the incident. People gathered on the sidewalk as soon as evening came down.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the incident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. (2300 GMT).
“As we were walking back in the middle of the building … we saw an SUV crossover, just pedaling metal and zooming in at full speed along the route of the parade. Angelito Tenorio, an alderman from nearby West Alice, told the newspaper.
According to the newspaper, police officers ran down the street and told parade observers to take shelter in the shop.
An eyewitness said the driver hit the “Dancing Granny” and at least one person overturned on the hood of the SUV, according to WISN-TV, an affiliate of ABC.
Another eyewitness estimated that the SUV was traveling at a speed of about 40 miles (64 km) when it hit a crowd of people, the TV station reported.
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