At least five dead and more than 40 injured after ramming into a crowd during a Christmas parade in Wisconsin.


At least five dead and more than 40 injured after ramming into a crowd during a Christmas parade in Wisconsin.

It is unknown if the incident was deliberate or an accident.

A car slammed into a crowd on Sunday participating in a Christmas parade in Wisconsin (USA). The event has killed at least five people and injured more than 40, several of them minors, according to police authorities.

The event occurred in the afternoon in Waukesha, when a car jumped through the police control and rushed towards the people who participated in this parade.

According to Thompson, a red SUV (light off-road) ran over more than 40 people. He also explained that an agent fired at the car until he unloaded his weapon, in vain to try to stop him. None of the shots caused any injuries, he said.

According to the data provided by the chief of police, twelve adults and eleven children were transferred to hospitals.

"Today, our community was met with horror and tragedy in what should have been a celebration," said Mayor Shawn Reilly. He appreciated the quick response of the emergency services and the help they have offered—state and federal authorities.

According to a witness told CNN television, several wounded were lying on the ground, unable to move.

The Waukesha Police Chief said the "suspicious vehicle" was recovered after the ramming and that investigators had one person detained. "Very tragic incident, very chaotic. There are no other threats involved, "Thompson said.

Some videos show the car heading at high speed towards where the parade was held on social networks. You can hear shots directed at the vehicle when the police cordon is jumped in one of these videos.

Local reporter Courtney Sisk posted a video on Twitter after a witness informed her of the event.

"The witnesses who spoke on the phone told me that several members of the 'dancing grandmothers' were beaten and are not moving," he said.

Angelito Tenorio, a candidate for treasurer from Wisconsin, said he had just finished marching in the parade with his family and friends and was walking back to Main Street.

"As we walked back between the buildings, we saw a crossover SUV speeding along the parade route. And then we heard a roar, and only deafening screams and screams from the people, "said Tenorio.

He added: "It all happened so fast."

The vehicle in question is reportedly a maroon van.