Questions pile up after SUV driver plows through Wisconsin parade killing 5, injuring 40

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An investigation has been launched into what caused an SUV driver to plow through a Christmas parade in Wisconsin on Sunday night. The incident left at least five dead and more than 40 injured, officials reported.

Local law enforcement in Waukesha, where the parade was held, are attempting to determine whether or not the driver was fleeing from a crime or not, The Associated Press reported.

The parade quickly turned from celebration to deadly as the SUV slammed through barricades and struck dancers, musicians, and others. Members of a "Dancing Grannies" club were among the fatalities.

In an attempt to stop the vehicle, a Waukesha police officer opened fire. Once the vehicle was stopped, one person was taken into custody.

Investigators were questioning the person who was taken into custody about an earlier crime, the AP reported. One official noted that it was about an argument involving a knife, however, investigators were still in the early stages.

Dan Thompson, the Waukesha Police Chief, did not comment on the person taken into custody or any motives they may have had. However, Thompson added that he was unaware if the bullets fired by the officer hit the driver.

Video quickly surfaced of the horrific scene as the City's live stream of the parade and those in attendance recorded the entire thing.

Community members have spoken out about the incident sharing that it was a tragic incident. A Waukesha school district board member, Corey Montiho, spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, sharing that his family members were almost hit.

"There were pompoms and shoes and spilled hot chocolate everywhere. I had to go from one crumpled body to the other to find my daughter," Montiho told the Sentinel. "My wife and two daughters were almost hit. Please pray for everybody. Please pray."

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, whose members were killed in the incident, posted on Facebook about what happened.

"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," the group wrote. "While performing, the grannies enjoyed hearing the crowd's cheers and applause."

"Those who died were extremely passionate grannies. Their eyes gleamed … joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue … held us together."

The investigation remains ongoing, and there has not been a confirmation of the suspect who was arrested.

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