5 Killed, 40 Injured As SUV Speeds Into US Christmas Parade; Terror Suspected


With Agency Report — A joyous scene of marching bands and children dancing in Santa hats and waving pompoms turned deadly in an instant, as an SUV sped through barricades and into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, killing at least five people and injuring more than 40 others.

Authorities are still trying to unravel the motive, but they’re not ruling out an act of terror.

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One video showed a woman screaming, “Oh my God!” repeatedly as a group of young dancers was struck Sunday. A father talked of going “from one crumpled body to the other” in search of his daughter. Members of a “Dancing Grannies” club were among those hit.

The city of Waukesha posted on its social media accounts late Sunday that it could confirm at least five died and more than 40 were injured, while noting that it was still collecting information. The city’s statement also noted that many people took themselves to hospitals. The city did not release any additional information about those who died.

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A “person of interest” was in custody, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said, but he gave no details about the person or any possible motive. The investigation was ongoing, with assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

“What took place in Waukesha today is sickening, and I have every confidence that those responsible will be brought to justice,” Attorney General Josh Kaul, the state’s top law enforcement officer, tweeted.

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‘Deafening cries’

President Joe Biden has received a briefing on the situation and the White House was closely monitoring the situation in Waukesha, an administration official said.

“Our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted by this terrible incident,” they said. “We have reached out to state and local officials to offer any support and assistance as needed.”

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While local law enforcement were the primary responders, the FBI said it was also providing assistance.

Angelito Tenorio, running for Wisconsin state treasurer, was at the parade and told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he “saw an SUV cross over, just put the pedal to the metal and just zooming full speed along the parade route.”

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“And then we heard a loud bang, and just deafening cries and screams from people who are struck by the vehicle,” he said

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