Breaking News: Waukesha, WI: Multiple people are dead and dozens of people injured after a speeding sport utility vehicle drives through Waukesha Christmas Parade.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: Waukesha Police Department (Information):

Waukesha, Wisconsin: Multiple people are dead and dozens of people injured after a speeding sport utility vehicle drives through Waukesha Christmas Parade.

The incident involving the sport utility vehicle occurred at about 4:39 p.m. CST on Sunday, November 21st, 2021.

Pictures: The City of Waukesha (Courtesy):

These pictures of the speeding sport utility vehicle, a possibly red Ford Escape, was from footage posted on the City of Waukesha via Facebook.

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https://www.facebook.com/cityofwaukesha/videos/445274323778655

The driver of the speeding sport utility vehicle kept going through, not stopping, and even crashing through barricades at the end of the street as an officer fired shots at the suspect’s fleeing vehicle.

The sport utility vehicle was found in a driveway on West College Avenue near Carroll University.

Pictures of the found sport utility vehicle was posted at CBS 58 via Twitter.

According to the Waukesha Police Department Chief Daniel Thompson says an SUV sped into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday, striking more than 20 people.

As of 12:00 a.m. CST, the City of Waukesha has confirmed 5 people are deceased and over 40 are injured, but these numbers may change as we collect additional information, and many people have self-transported to area hospitals.

Waukesha Police Department Chief Daniel Thompson said some of those struck include children, but did not go into detail on how many, and will not be releasing the names of victims until further notification of next of kin.

Children’s Wisconsin is treating 18 kids who were injured, including at least six children are in critical condition, three are in serious condition, one in fair condition, and 8 others are in fair condition and not in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

In a statement, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee said Sunday night that among the injured are a Catholic priest, as well as several parishioners and Catholic school children.

Our prayers are with the people who have been injured and killed during the tragic incident in Waukesha,” said the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Details are still scarce as to the motive behind the incident, and police have provided no additional details.

Waukesha Police Department Chief Daniel Thompson has announced that a person is in custody, but he did not give any indication of motive.

According to the City of Waukesha, the scene is still fluid, and the investigation is ongoing.

A shelter in place warning was issued by the Waukesha Police Department at approximately 7:05 p.m. CST and lasted until around 8:08 p.m. CST.

Waukesha Police Department Chief Daniel Thompson said there was no threat to the community, and later explained that shelter in place alert was to keep people from interfering at the scene.

Special Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have responded to assist the Waukesha Police Department.

According to the City of Waukesha, Main Street is closed from Barstow and Main to Wisconsin and Main, and the street will not be open before mid-day on Monday, November 22nd, 2021.

Businesses in this area should remain closed as entry and exit from Main Street will not be allowed.

As a result of the incident, schools in the Waukesha area have been canceled on Monday, November 22nd, 2021 for all grades 4K-12, and counselors will be available at all buildings for students who may need support.

According to the City of Waukesha, when the area is open, the City is requesting that any items for a temporary memorial be placed at Veterans Park.

The City of Waukesha also said that many people witnessed traumatic events this evening, and if you need to talk with someone, please call 211.

There is a Family Reception Center at Waukesha South, and if you are looking for family members and live out of town, please call: 1 (262) 548-7122.

There will be a press conference at 1:00 p.m. CST on Monday, November 22nd, 2021, and any other updates will be issued via the City of Waukesha’s social media.

  • City of Waukesha on Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/cityofwaukesha

The community mourns the loss of our community members and those injured. We are asking for the community to come together during this time and to keep the families in your prayers,” said the City of Waukesha.

In a statement, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow said, “Please pray for our community tonight after the horrific events at the Waukesha Christmas Parade. 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. Right now, we are still learning about what happened. This is an active investigation, and all updates tonight will come from our law enforcement partners. I have been in contact with Mayor Reilly and offered any resources the county could provide. I have also spoken with the Governor who offers his prayers and assistance. 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.

In a tweet via Twitter, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said, “Kathy and I are praying for Waukesha tonight and all the kids, families, and community members affected by this senseless act. I’m grateful for the first responders and folks who acted quickly to help, and we are in contact with local partners as we await more information.”

ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolence to the families and friends of the victims.

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