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At least five people were killed and more than 40 injured after a car sped through a Christmas parade in the state of Wisconsin, US police said.
The footage shows a red pickup truck ramming into the crowd in the city of Waukesha, west of Milwaukee, around 4:40 p.m. local time (10:40 p.m. GMT).
Police Chief Dan Thompson said he ran over dozens of people, including children.
A person is detained. The incident does not appear “for now” to be an act of terrorism, an official said.
The suspect appeared to be fleeing another scene when he encountered the parade, the agent, who was familiar with the early findings of the investigation, told the BBC’s US partner CBS News.
Angelito Tenorio, a city resident, told the newspaper Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who had just finished marching in the parade when the truck “He stepped on the gas and began to accelerate at full speed along the parade route”.
“Then we heard a loud roar and deafening cries and screams from people run over by the vehicle,” he said.
Corey Montiho said his daughter’s dance team was run over by the truck.
“There were pompoms and shoes and hot chocolate spilled everywhere. I had to go from one car to another to find my daughter,” he told the local newspaper.
Waukesha authorities warned that the number of deaths and injuries could vary as more information is gathered. They said that some people had moved to nearby hospitals.
The parade in Waukesha, a community of about 72,000 people, takes place every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving and includes costumes, dancers and marching bands. This year’s theme was “comfort and joy.”
Thompson said police officers had recovered a “suspicious vehicle” and that one person was in custody, but did not elaborate. He added that the investigation was “very fluid.”
He also said that the police fired at the car to try to stop it.
Fire Chief Steven Howard told reporters that his department moved to 11 adults and 12 children to hospitals after the incident.
The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin said it had received 15 patients as of 8:00 p.m. Sunday.
Waukesha Public Schools will be closed Monday and therapy services will be available for those affected.
Mayor Shawn Reilly said it’s a “traumatic” moment for the city. “My heart goes out to all those affected by this senseless act,” he declared.
A video posted on social media shows the car crashing through road barriers at high speed. Another shows the vehicle crashing into what looks like a group of musicians.
Police officers ran down the street during the incident and told people to take shelter in tents, according to local media reports.
Belén Santamaría rushed into a restaurant with her three-year-old daughter, while her husband went to help the injured. She had decided to withdraw from the parade on Sunday with back pain.
“I was going to be there, walking. The van would have hit us too“, said.
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