In a press conference held about an hour after a red SUV drove through a Waukesha, Wisconsin, holiday parade, Police Chief Daniel Thompson reported that there were “more than twenty people injured” and “some individuals were children.”
Calling what happened “a tragic incident,” Chief Thompson went on to say that a Waukesha police officer “did discharge his weapon to try to stop the vehicle” as it went through the barriers. No bystanders were injured from the shooting. Thompson said Waukesha PD “don’t believe the suspect fired from the vehicle” at this point in the investigation.
Waukesha PD does have the vehicle in question in custody. A “person of interest is in custody,” but since it’s still a fluid and active investigation Thompson had no further details to add.
“It is unknown if the incident has any nexus to terrorism,” said Thompson
Fire Chief Steven Howard reported, “11 adults and 12 pediatric patients were transported from the scene to six area hospitals.” Some of those injured were fatalities, however out of respect for the families no further information on the victims was released.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D-WI) issued a statement on the tragic incident:
Gov. Tony Evers has issued a statement on the events at tonight's Waukesha Christmas parade that killed at least 1 and injured more than 20 people, calling it a "senseless act." WHAT WE KNOW: https://t.co/7BxCreEmmg pic.twitter.com/fz79wmPWZI
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