5 dead in a Christmas parade hit by a car, the driver charged

A motorist accused of rushing into a Christmas parade in Waukesha on Sunday will be charged with five homicides, authorities said on Monday. He was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute not far from there and just before the events, unrelated to a terrorist attack.

An SUV crashed into a crowd gathered for a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States on Sunday evening, leaving at least 5 dead and 40 injured, according to local police. The suspect will be charged with five homicides, US investigating authorities said on Monday. “According to our information, the suspect was involved in a domestic dispute a few moments before the facts” and “There is no proof that it is a terrorist act”, Waukesha.s Town Police Chief Daniel Thompson said Monday afternoon.

The drama happened at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday in Waukesha (11:30 p.m. in Paris), Wisconsin, where a Christmas parade is held each year. In the main street of the city, “The car hit more than twenty people, some of them were children and there were injuries as a result of this incident”, detailed Police Chief Dan Thompson. “One of our Catholic priests is among the wounded, as are many parishioners and children from the Catholic school in Waukesha”, Milwaukee Catholic Church spokesperson Sandra Peterson said.

“Waukesha police have located a suspicious vehicle. An investigation is underway”, the local police chief said Monday morning, adding that the authorities had identified a person as part of the investigation, but who has not yet been arrested. Police fired at the vehicle in an attempt to stop it, authorities also said.

“Our hearts are breaking”

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 the channel CNN Angela O’Boyle, whose apartment overlooks the main street where this parade was taking place.

US President Joe Biden has been briefed on this tragic event. The White House “Keeps herself abreast of the situation in Waukesha and our hearts break in the face of all those who have been struck by this terrible incident,” said an official of the American presidency. We have contacted local and state officials to offer our assistance if needed. ”

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”. Schools will not open on Monday and some roads will remain closed for the duration of the investigation.

The incident came at the end of a turbulent week in Wisconsin where a young American, Kyle Rittenhouse, was acquitted on trial this week after he shot two men last year during riots and protests against violence. police officers in Kenosha, located approximately 80 km from Waukesha.

Update : at 9 p.m. with the motorist being charged with five homicides.

Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.

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