A car has crashed through the middle of a crowd at a Christmas parade on Sunday evening, leaving scores of people injured.
Witnesses reported gunshot sounds following the incident the event in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and at least 30 people are believed to on the ground injured after being mowed down, according to local reporter Kaylee Staral on Twitter.
Police have evacuated the area after the suspected vehicle ramming by red Ford Escape, which occurred at around 4:40 pm local time (10:40pm UK time).
An unverified video on Twitter shows a 4×4 breaking through a barricade while gunshot noises can be heard in the background, which the New York Post reports were coming from the driver of the car.
Recordings of the city council’s livestream of the parade also show the vehicle driving down the street at high speed in front of a crowd of shocked onlookers.
Local journalist Kayle Staral wrote: “A car just ran through the middle of a downtown Waukesha.l parade. (sic) Multiple people on the ground injured.”
“Police shouting at least 30 people down and that shots were fired.”
“Heavy police and ambulance presence now. Tons of families with children running to their cars to leave the scene.”
A witness said the driver had hit “several elderly women” while firing rounds of their gun from the car window.
Around an hour after the incident, Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly stated that there was no longer a danger to the public.
Despite this, local people still appeared concerned for their safety in comments made on the local police department’s Facebook page.
Responding to a post from Waukesha Police Department advising the public of a family relocation center at the Metro Transit Center, one resident named Erik Knudson wrote: “How will people in hiding know if it’s safe to leave?”
Another called Lori Ann said: “Praying for the families affected”
Police are preparing to hold a press conference at Waukesha city hall later this evening.
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