At least 20 people have been injured after a vehicle was driven at speed through a Christmas parade in a town in Wisconsin, police have said.
A red sport utility vehicle (SUV) ploughed into marchers in Waukesha about 20 miles (32 km) west of Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon, injuring more than 20 people, the town’s police chief, Dan Thompson, said.
Authorities have identified a person of interest in the case, he told reporters, and the vehicle had been recovered.
In one video posted on social media, a red SUV appeared to speed toward marchers in Waukesha at around 5pm on Sunday, and in a second video police appeared to open fire on the same vehicle as it crashed through street barriers.
Angelito Tenorio, a local alderman who is running for Wisconsin state treasurer, said he had been at the parade with his family when he saw the red SUV approach the crowd.
“We saw an SUV crossover, just put the pedal to the metal and just zooming full speed along the parade route, he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We heard a loud bang, and just deafening cries and screams from people who are struck by the vehicle,” Tenorio said.
“And then we saw people running away or stopping crying, and there, there are people on the ground who looked like they’d been hit by the vehicle.”
Police officers ran down the street, telling parade watchers to take shelter in stores, the newspaper said.
One witness said the driver hit the “Dancing Grannies” and at least one person flipped over the hood of the SUV, according to WISN-TV, an ABC affiliate.
Photos and videos of Waukesha circulating on Twitter showed police cars and ambulances crowding a street decked out with Christmas lights in the aftermath of the incident.
Waukesha mayor Shawn Reilly told WITI in Milwaukee that he did not believe there is any current danger to the public.