The police rule out an act of terrorism and have arrested a suspect in the US state of Wisconsin. That is known so far.
The incident: At a pre-Christmas street parade in Waukesha, a suburb of the big city of Milwaukee, a car drove into a crowd. Five people were killed and 48 people were injured, the Waukesha authorities announced on Monday (local time).
The victims: The five fatalities were between 52 and 81 years old, according to police. Several seriously injured children were among the 48 injured. A children’s hospital in Milwaukee said a total of 18 children aged 3 to 16 had been admitted. The injuries ranged from abrasions and broken bones to severe head injuries. Thompson said two children are currently in critical condition. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced that among the injured were students from the Catholic school in Waukesha and a priest. A senior dance group from Milwaukee wrote on its Facebook page that several of its members had died in this “terrible tragedy”.
The place: The incident occurred in Waukesha, a suburb of the big city of Milwaukee. The Waukesha Christmas Parade took place in the small town on Sunday afternoon (local time).
The backgrounds: The background is still unclear. It is open, among other things, whether the red SUV was deliberately driven into the crowd. The suspicious vehicle was found, said Waukesha police chief Dan Thompson at a press conference on Monday. There is no evidence that the act had a terrorist background. Several US media, including the broadcasters CBS and CNN, citing investigators, reported that there were indications that the person at the wheel was on the run.
Waukesha is shocked after the incident:
The culprit: According to Police Chief Dan Thompson, authorities have identified a 39-year-old as a suspect. Thompson said the suspect had recently been involved in a domestic dispute. He did not provide any more specific information. Thompson also emphasized that the investigators were convinced that the suspect acted alone. There is no further threat.
The reactions: US President Joe Biden has been informed of the incident. Biden said in the White House that five families in Waukesha mourned their loved ones after the “tragedy”. “A whole community is trying to cope with a terrible act of violence,” said Biden. He and his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, and presumably the whole country, prayed for victims, injured and loved ones. Several Wisconsin MPs expressed their condolences, including Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin, who said this “terrible violence breaks her heart”. The governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers, expressed his dismay in a tweet and spoke of a “senseless act”.