Waukesha Christmas Parade 2021: Speeding Vehicle Kills 5, Injures 40

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On Sunday evening, a motorist slammed a vehicle into crowds during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, killing five people and wounding more than 40 others, including members of dance troupes and marching bands.

A red sports SUV sped into crowds in Waukesha, roughly 20 miles west of Milwaukee, in what Waukesha police chief Dan Thompson termed a “tragic occurrence.”

Thompson declined to say how many adults and children were brought to the hospital until their families were notified. He didn’t say anything about a possible motive.

“Some of the individuals were children and there are some fatalities as a result of this incident,” Thompson said. “We’re working with the families, that is our priority in this tragic incident.”


He stated the investigation was still “extremely fluid” and that he didn’t know if the incident was tied to terrorism. The vehicle involved had been retrieved, and one person of interest had been apprehended.

CNN stated on Monday morning that “several law enforcement sources” believed the driver was fleeing from another crime site or incident, and that the parade incident was not being examined as a domestic or foreign terrorism attack.

Police investigate at the scene of the crash. Photograph: Mike De Sisti/AP

According to CNN, the event is unrelated to Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal last Friday. Rittenhouse was 17 when he killed two men and injured one at anti-racism protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020. Waukesha is around 50 miles south of Kenosha.

The automobile was reported to be traveling at roughly 40 mph by eyewitnesses. Witness Tyler Kotlarek told the New York Times that the SUV “bombed through” and was “moving from side to side, targeting people.”

A red SUV appeared to drive approach protestors in a video released on social media on Sunday night. Police fired fire on the same vehicle as it slammed through barriers in a second video.

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