WAUKESHA, Wisconsin, USA (AP) – Five people were killed and more than 40 injured when a pickup truck ran over a barricade and rammed into a Christmas parade in a Milwaukee suburb on Sunday. The event turned a joyous scene with marching bands and dancing children into horror.
Waukesha town authorities confirmed the deaths in a statement Sunday night. The numbers could vary as many people reached hospitals on their own.
At first the names or ages of the dead were not published.
A person of interest was detained, but no details were given on a possible motive for the hit-and-run.
There was a “person of interest” being detained, according to Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson, who did not give details about the person or any possible motive. An investigation was underway, with assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
“What happened today in Waukesha is sickening, and I am completely confident that those responsible will be brought to justice,” tweeted State Attorney Josh Kaul, the head of state security forces.
Bauer reported from Madison, Wisconsin. Associated Press reporter Doug Glass contributed from Minneapolis.