20 people were injured by an SUV car that entered a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin On Sunday the police said.
At 4:39 p.m, a red SUV drove into the Christmas parade said Police Cheif Dan Thompson at a press conference.
“There were some fatalities,” he said. The official number is not released yet. The police officers are working to recognize the victims and inform their relatives.
“We are deeply saddened by today’s senseless tragedy and our hearts are with the Waukesha community. We are currently treating 13 patients – 3 are in critical condition, 4 in serious condition, 6 in fair condition. We are praying for all those impacted, their families, and our first responders,” the Aurora Medical Center said in a statement.
The fire department parading in the parade and then they heard the noise of that incident said Waukesha Fire Department Chief Steven Howard then 12 workers of the fire department came to help them.
The car and the person who hit the crowd are now arrested by the police department said, Thompson.
Officer Thompson said that he ejects their weapons to stop the car from hitting the crowd.
“The FBI Milwaukee field office is aware of the reporting of an incident in Waukesha. The local and state authorities are leading the response,” an FBI spokesperson told ABC News.
11 adults and 12 children were carried to the six hospitals through the ambulances by police officers and family members, Thompson said.
“Children’s Wisconsin immediately prepared for a surge of patients after receiving notification from law enforcement of the incident at the Waukesha Christmas Parade,” Children’s Wisconsin tweeted. “As of 8 p.m., Children’s Wisconsin received 15 patients, with no reported fatalities at our hospital at that time.”
On Sunday night the Waukesha Police Department sent an emergency alert saying “If you are within a 1/2 mile radius of the 5 points downtown, shelter in place now. Wait for an all-clear message.”
The crime scene road will be closed for the next 24 hours at least and the public school also remain closed.
“Kathy and I are praying for Waukesha tonight and all the kids, families, and community members affected by this senseless act,” Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wrote on Twitter. “I’m grateful for the first responders and folks who acted quickly.
A White House official told ABC News: “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. We have reached out to state and local officials to offer any support and assistance as needed.”
“Please pray for our community tonight after the horrific events at the Waukesha Christmas Parade,” Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow wrote on Twitter. “I had just finished participating in the parade with my wife when I noticed police sirens. Shortly afterward, I learned that a vehicle drove through the parade route injuring many people… This is an unspeakable tragedy, affecting us all as we work to overcome an extremely challenging two years and resume our cherished holiday traditions. Keep the families affected in your thoughts as we work to offer whatever support we can.”
The investigation is ongoing. It’s unclear at this time if the incident was tied to terrorism.
The investigation is going on. The officers aren’t sure about the incident whether it has a link to terrorism.