Five people were killed and more than 40 injured after a car crashed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, killing dozens of people, including young people waving pompoms and a group of “Dancing Grannies”.
“At this time we can confirm that five people were killed and more than 40 injured,” the Waukesha police department said on its Facebook page. “However, these numbers may change as we gather additional information.”
Dan Thompson, Waukesha police chief, had earlier told reporters a person of interest was in custody and a vehicle was found in the town about 32 km (20 miles) west of Milwaukee after the incident.
It was not known if the incident took place intentionally, but there was no further danger and an earlier shelter-in-place order in the town of about 72,000 was lifted, Thompson said.
Thompson said an officer fired shots at the vehicle in an attempt to stop the massacre. Another video on social media apparently showed police shooting at the vehicle as it collided with street barriers. Police did not believe shots were fired from the vehicle, Thompson added, unlike previous reports.
President Joe Biden was briefed by assistants on the events, a White House official said.
“The White House is closely monitoring the situation in Waukesha and our hearts go out to all those affected by this terrible incident. We reached out to state and local officials to provide any support and assistance as needed. ”