More than 20 injured after SUV plows through Wisconsin holiday parade


WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — More than 20 people were injured when an SUV plowed into a Christmas parade in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha on Sunday, the city’s police chief said.

Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said at a Sunday night press conference that authorities were “looking into” a person of interest after a “suspect vehicle” had been recovered.

Scott Greger, a Waukesha resident, said he witnessed the vehicle strike someone, continue, and then hit a float.

“The red SUV came barreling down the street — very, very high rate of speed, and hit a pedestrian,” he said live on MSNBC.

Greger said the SUV’s presence was preceded by police sirens in the area he described as “full” with marchers and spectators.

Chief Thompson said victims were transported to the hospital by ambulance, officers vehicles and by family members or friends.

Mayor Shawn Reilly said at the press conference that it was “a traumatic situation for the city of Waukesha.”

One video shows the SUV striking what appears to be members of a marching band and several others along the parade route before driving on. The sound of the marching band heard before the SUV approaches is replaced by screams.

Angelito Tenorio, a West Allis alderman who is running for Wisconsin state treasurer, told The Associated Press that he was watching the parade with his family when they saw the SUV come speeding into the area.

“Then we heard a loud bang,” Tenorio said. “And after that, we just heard deafening cries and screams from the crowd, from the people at the parade. And people started rushing, running away with tears in their eyes crying.”

Tenorio said he saw about 10 people, children and adults, on the ground who appeared to have been hit by the vehicle.

“It just happened so fast,” he said. “It was pretty horrifying.”

Police in Waukesha, located about 20 miles west of Milwaukee, were urging people to avoid the downtown area.

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