a suspect in custody

At least five people have died and more than 40 others have been injured after a car drove into a crowd participating in a Sunday night Christmas parade in Waukesha near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the U.S. said. police, reporting that a suspect had been taken into custody.

Authorities in Winsconsin in the northern United States were struggling on Monday to understand the circumstances in which an SUV-type vehicle crashed into the crowd gathered for the parade the day before.

The incident occurred on Sunday around 4.30 p.m. (11.30 p.m. Belgian time) in this locality, where a Christmas parade is organized each year.

The Waukesha Christmas Parade was taking place when a red SUV knocked down the barriers on the west side and headed for Main Streeet (the main street)Police chief Dan Thompson said at a press conference.The car hit more than 20 people, some of them were children and there were injuries due to this incident“, he clarified.

Previously, local officials, for their part, indicated that eleven adults and twelve children had been taken to hospital.

Waukesha Police have located a suspicious vehicle. An investigation is underway“, added Mr. Thompson, adding that”person of interest“had been arrested.

Police fired at the vehicle in an attempt to stop it, authorities also said.

Schools will not open Monday and some roads will remain closed during the investigation, said Mr. Thompson.

Angelito Tenorio, candidate for the post of State Treasurer and present at the scene, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he saw an SUV-type vehicle driving at full speed on the road taken by the parade. “Then I heard a big shock and deafening screams from people hit by the vehicle“, he said.

According to witnesses and footage, the SUV burst into the parade behind a group of marching school musicians.

All I heard was screaming and then people screaming their children’s names“, told CNN a witness, Angela O’Boyle, whose apartment overlooks the main street where the parade was taking place.

“Our hearts are breaking”

US President Joe Biden has been made aware of this incident. The White House “keeps herself informed of the situation in Waukesha and our hearts break in the face of all those who have been struck by this terrible incident“, indicated an official of the American presidency.”We have contacted local and state officials to offer our assistance if needed“, he added.

Several Wisconsin parliamentarians have expressed their condolences, including Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin who ruled that “horrible violence was breaking you heart“.

The governor of Wisconsin said for his part that he and his wife “prayed for Waukesha that night and for the children, families and members of this community affected by this meaningless act“.

This incident took place at the end of a hectic week in Wisconsin where a young American, Kyle Rittenhouse, was acquitted on trial this week after killing two men last year during riots and protests against police violence in Kenosha, about 80 km from Waukesha.

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