Police officers tour the streets of downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, November 21, 2021, after a vehicle rammed a Christmas parade.  (AP Photo / Jeffrey Phelps)

WAUKESHA, Wisconsin, U.S. (AP) – A pickup truck driver overcame a police barrier and rammed into a Christmas parade Sunday in a Wisconsin city, striking more than 20 adults and children in a horrifying scene captured on broadcast. municipal live and on the cell phones of various witnesses.

“Some” people were killed, Waukesha City Police Chief Dan Thompson said, without giving an exact figure. One person was in custody, he added, but gave no indication of a motive.

In one video a woman yells “Oh my God!” over and over after the van hit a group of girls wearing Santa Claus hats and white pompoms. In another video, the vehicle is seen ramming the members of a band, whose music was replaced by screams of terror.

Fire Chief Steven Howard said 11 adults and 12 children were injured and taken to hospitals by members of his department. It is unknown how many more injured were transported by other people. The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin indicated that as of 8 p.m. it had received 15 patients from the parade and no deaths.

Police also had a vehicle in custody, Thompson said. The investigation is ongoing, with support 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.

As the truck made its way through the barricades, a Waukesha police officer fired a few shots in an attempt to stop the vehicle, Thompson said. None of the passers-by was injured, and the official indicated that he did not know if the driver was hit by a bullet.

A video shows the moment when the vehicle makes its way through the barricades and the sound of what seems to be several shots.

The video taken when the dancers are run over ends with several people assisting one of the young women lying on the ground.

Corey Montiho, a member of the Waukesha district school board, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his daughter’s dance team was hit by the van.

“There were pom-poms and shoes and hot chocolate spilled everywhere. I had to go from one body on the ground to another in search of my daughter, “he said. “My wife and two daughters were close to being beaten. Please pray for everyone. Pray, please ”.

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, one of the teams participating in the parade, posted on their Facebook page that “group members and volunteers were beaten and we await news of their condition.” The post asks people to pray for Grannies and anyone else hurt. The group’s profile describes them as “a group of elders who meet once a week to rehearse routines for the summer and winter parades.”

Chris Germain, co-owner of the Aspire Dance Center studio, had about 70 girls in the parade, whose ages ranged from 2 to 18. Germain, whose 3-year-old daughter participated in the event, said she was driving in front of her participants when she spotted a brown pickup truck “speeding right in front of us.” Then a police officer came chasing her on foot, she said. Germain said he got out of his own truck and began gathering the girls who were with him.

“There were small children lying all over the road, there were police and paramedics giving CPR to many members of the parade,” he said.

Angelito Tenorio, a West Allis councilor who was running for Wisconsin state treasurer, told The Associated Press that he was watching the parade with his family when they saw the truck speed toward the scene.

“Then we heard a very loud noise,” Tenorio said. “And after that we only heard deafening screams and cries from the crowd, from the people in the parade. And people started running away with tears in their eyes, crying ”.

The parade is sponsored by the City Chamber of Commerce. This year’s edition was the 59th of the event, which takes place each year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Waukesha is about 55 miles (88 kilometers) north of the city of Kenosha, where Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted Friday on charges resulting from a shooting in which he shot three men during protests there in August 2020.

Police officers tour the streets of downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, November 21, 2021, after a vehicle rammed a Christmas parade. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Phelps)
Police officers stand guard near downed chairs along W. Main St., Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, after a pickup truck rammed into a Christmas parade.  (John Hart / Wisconsin State Journal via AP)
Police officers stand guard near downed chairs along W. Main St., Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, after a pickup truck rammed into a Christmas parade. (John Hart / Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

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