The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee issued a statement on the “Waukesha Parade tragedy”, calling the incident “horrific” and calling for prayers for the victims.
“Our prayers are with those who were injured and killed in the tragic incident in Waukesha,” read a statement from Archdiocese Director of Communications Sandra Peterson, referring to Sunday’s fatal SUV rampage during of a Christmas parade.
“Among the injured is one of our Catholic priests, as well as several Catholic parishioners and schoolchildren from Waukesha,” the statement said.
“Please join us in prayer for all involved, their families and those who are traumatized by witnessing the horrific scene,” he concludes.
The incident resulted in the deaths of at least five people and more than 40 others were injured, the town of Waukesha reported.
Local officials said the “person of interest” and the vehicle in question were taken into custody, but refused to provide the identity of the suspected driver.
Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said when the SUV passed through the barricades a policeman fired his gun in an attempt to stop the vehicle. Thompson said no passerby was injured and was unsure whether the driver was hit by the officer’s bullets.
“What happened in Waukesha today is disgusting, and I have every confidence that those responsible will be brought to justice,” tweeted Wisconsin’s top law enforcement official, Attorney General Josh Kaul.
A western suburb of Milwaukee, Waukesha is about 90 kilometers north of Kenosha, where Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on Friday of charges related to the murder of three men during protests and riots in that city in August 2020.
On Sunday, a group of around 50 protesters gathered outside the Kenosha County Courthouse on Sunday to protest what they called the injustice of the jury’s decision declaring Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts accusation.
The group gathered around the banner of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and were joined by people armed with pistols and semi-automatic rifles.