Waukesha Christmas Parade Videos Capture Moment Red SUV Ran into Crowds

Social media footage from the Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, captures the moment a red SUV sped through crowds, killing at least five and injuring at least 40 more.

A vehicle was caught on camera approaching the event before quickly accelerating and barreling through dozens of people, including children and youngsters. A "person of interest" is currently in custody, police said.

"At this time, we can confirm that five people are deceased and over 40 are injured," the Waukesha Police Department said on its Facebook page late on Sunday. "However, these numbers may change as we collect additional information."

One clip shows the moment the speeding vehicle approaches the parade, and narrowly misses a young child dressed in pink, dancing on the side of the road.

Moments later, onlookers can be heard screaming and shouting, while others quickly rush from sidewalks to assist the injured.

"Oh my God," an eyewitnesses can be heard saying moments after the vehicle plows through the crowd.

Another video, which appears to have been taken by a spectator from the sidewalk, captures the moment a group of youngsters waving white pompoms was struck by the SUV. Multiple people can be seen flung to the ground upon impact, before a woman screams in horror.

Many who narrowly avoided the vehicle appear dazed in the seconds that follow, including a woman who was seen handing out candy to spectators along the sidelines moments before impact.

Separate footage taken from a height shows a red SUV ramming through the crowd at speed without stopping or slowing down, while another shows a vehicle slam through white barriers placed across the road, in what appears to be an attempt to flee the scene.

Eyewitness Belen Santamaria, 39, told Reuters that the SUV "came by at full speed."

"Then I started to hear people screaming," she added.

Another witness, Angela O'Boyle, whose home overlooked the procession told CNN that she heard "screaming" and "people yelling out their children's names."

Police Chief Dan Thompson told reporters on Sunday night that a person of interest was in custody and that the SUV had been located. The individual is yet to be identified by law enforcement officials.

Local authorities are leading an investigation into the incident with the assistance of the FBI. It is not yet known whether the incident was related to terrorism.

All public schools will be closed Monday in the Waukesha School District, which said that counseling services will be available for all students.

Among those injured are reportedly members of a girls' dance team and a group of "Dancing Grannies."

"Members of the group and volunteers were impacted and we are waiting for word on their conditions," the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies said in a statement on Facebook. "Please keep the Grannies, all those injured, and all those who witnessed this horrible event in your thoughts and prayers."

Wisconsin's Children's hospital meanwhile confirmed Sunday that it had "received 15 patients" with no reported fatalities.

Police cordon in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday
Police cordon off a crime scene on November 21, 2021 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. According to reports, an SUV drove through pedestrians at a holiday parade, killing at least one and injuring 20 more. Jim Vondruska/Getty Images