Five people were killed and more than 40 injured when an SUV plowed into a parade and spectators in Waukesha, Wisc. on Sunday, November 21, 2021. There was no immediate known connection to international or domestic terrorism, local officials said. They are also saying there does not appear to be any connection to the recent Kyle Rittenhouse trial verdict that was announced last week in Kenosha, Wisc. The incident occurred while townspeople were watching an annual parade.
The police chief, Daniel P. Thompson, said his team is working with the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office to identify victims. He also said there is “a person of interest in custody.” Some of the dead included members of a dance group performing in the parade.
A post on the Facebook page of the Dancing Grannies said this: “Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade putting smiles on faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness. While performing the grannies enjoyed hearing the crowds cheers and applause which certainly brought smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts. Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes gleamed…..joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue….held us together. Our hearts are heavy at this most difficult time, as more information and updates become available it will be posted. Please keep them their families, friends, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies and everyone who lives have forever changed in your thoughts and prayers.”
The Waukesha Police department stated, “The scene is still fluid, and the investigation is ongoing. The community mourns the loss of our community members and those injured.” The FBI is aware of the situation.