Waukesha, Wisconsin Police Chief Daniel Thompson confirmed in a press conference Sunday that a red SUV drove through Christmas parade barricades and struck at least 20 individuals, including children.
Thompson said an officer who has been on the force for just over six years opened fire on the vehicle. A person of interest is currently in custody but Thompson stressed that the investigation is “very active.”
Thompson does not believe the suspect ever opened fire.
Some of the fatalities are children, Thompson said, and the identities won’t be revealed until families are notified.
Waukesha Fire Chief Steven Howard said his department transported 11 adults and 12 children to six area hospitals.
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“The White House is closely monitoring the situation in Waukesha and our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted by this terrible incident,” the Biden White House said in a statement. “We have reached out to state and local officials to offer any support and assistance as needed.
A Wisconsin man attending the Waukesha Christmas parade said the red SUV that slammed into participants struck at least 10 people as he was stepping out of a pub along the parade route.
“As I was opening the door to walk out, people started yelling and running in — and that’s when I saw the red SUV,” Jordan Woynilko, a Milwaukee man who shared video of the incident’s aftermath under his Twitter handle, @J_Woynilko, told Fox News Digital Sunday evening. “I saw it drive through and hit the people.”
He said he grabbed his friend, and they were both in shock as they made their way through the carnage. Good Samaritans were attempting CPR on multiple victims before paramedics arrived, he said.
“It was horrific as we were walking, and then when we turned off the main street there to walk up a few more blocks to the car, there were cops peeling around the corner, we’re assuming looking for the guy.”
“There were moms and dads yelling for their kids, people running around,” Woynilko added. “When I rewatched the video, I could hear people talking, and they were like, ‘There’s eight people injured down there. We need an Ambulance over here.’ There’s one lady kneeling on the ground crying.”