Shocked witnesses described the terrifying moment a red SUV sped down the street flinging bodies in the air, nearly missing a young girl before killing multiple people during a Christmas parade outside Milwaukee on Sunday.
People at the scene described the frightening scene in Waukesha, Wisconsin as the vehicle barreled down the road along the parade route running over people as the crowd suddenly became frantic.
Paradegoers remembered a frenzied display of crumpled bodies, broken limbs and pieces of brains as numerous people were left dead or wounded in the streets.
In another heart-stopping moment, a video from the scene showed a young girl dressed in all pink dancing along to the music on the side of the street as the red SUV approaches at speed behind her. Thankfully the car missed her by inches as the crowd screamed.
Moments later, the car collided with the crowd, leaving five people dead and wounding 40, including numerous children who were rushed to six different hospitals in the area.
According to police, a person of interest is now in custody.
Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson told reporters that they had a person of interest that they were looking into and that the red SUV crashed into the crowd at 4.39 pm local time, 39 minutes after the parade started.
Braydon Kowalski, a 19-year-old Waukesha native, said that he was at the parade with his family when he saw bodies flying everywhere.
Braydon Kowalski said that the red SUV was blowing through people, just sort of dinging a lot of people, bodies flying everywhere, and that those people didn’t get run over they got thrown through the air and that loads of people got tossed up into the air.
He said that you could see bits of brains and that there were quite a few people with broken limbs, like lots of broken legs and people screaming with broken legs and that it was horrifying.
Melinda, a 36-year-old kindergarten teacher told a newspaper outlet that she was watching the parade from her apartment on West Main Street when she saw the red SUV speed through the crowd.
She said that she ran downstairs there were children on the ground and everyone was freaking out. Everyone was screaming and crying, it happened so fast, and that it was chaos, and that you don’t expect something like that to happen there. It’s Waukesha, it’s really safe.
Of course, they don’t know the motive of the person as of yet. What we do know is that this was shocking and our thoughts should go out to those families and a speedy recovery to the injured, and I feel that our world is falling apart and it’s so sad, but I will also be fascinated to see how the media spin this.