Axios morning email thingie has a rather bloodless report on the tragedy in Wisconsin last night, and frankly it’s better than the on-the-ground reporting from the AP. Just the facts, ma’am:
This frame shows a red SUV speeding past people watching a Christmas parade down Main Street in Waukesha, Wisconsin, yesterday.
- Seconds later, the driver plowed into the crowd, killing at least 5 people and injuring more than 40 others, including children.
The image is from a Facebook livestream by the city 20 miles west of Milwaukee — a reminder that this was a joyful community event, four days before Thanksgiving, after two years of COVID strain.
- The City of Waukesha Chamber of Commerce, with the URL “WaukeshaWorks,” put on the 58th annual parade.
- The theme: “Comfort and Joy.”
The joyous scene of marching bands and children dancing in Santa hats and waving pompoms turned tragic in an instant, AP reports.
- A “person of interest” is in custody, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said. He gave no details.
- Thompson said a Waukesha police officer fired his gun to try to stop the vehicle. No bystanders were injured by the gunfire.
Hot chocolate was spilled everywhere as the town began to treat casualties, probe the calamity — and mourn for countless families.
As the event broke last night on Twitter, all the usual suspects were pointing fingers and declaring that the other side did it as political revenge for the Rittenhouse acquittal, which didn’t make much sense to me. Without knowing that the person who slammed into the crowd might have been fleeing ANOTHER crime, I thought it was domestic terrorism of some kind.
Anyway, cell phone videos are all over the place if you want to see it. It was very shocking and looked very deliberate at the time, not like a high-speed chase or anything, as there was no one in pursuit.