Angelito Tenorio, who is running for Wisconsin state treasurer, was campaigning at the Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and had just finished marching the route, when an SUV plowed through the crowd, killing at least five people and injuring more than 40.
"It was absolutely chaotic. It was horrifying," he told CNN. "Nobody knew if this was an attack or if this was an accident or if it was deliberate attack on the people of the parade. People just started fleeing, running away from the scene, leaving behind their belongings, grabbing their children, calling, screaming, looking for their loved ones. And when the crowd cleared out, that's when it looked like I saw people, who appeared to be lying in the middle of the street, lying still, lying lifeless."
"The last thing I heard was the band music, and then I heard the vehicle, almost the engine revving, speeding up. It sounded like the driver was putting pedal to the metal, speeding along the route. I just heard a loud bang and screams and cries."
Right before the incident, Tenorio said he remembered thinking how "impressive the turnout was in terms of participants and attendants."
"Especially after last year's parade being canceled due to Covid, people wanted to gather together and begin the celebration going into the holidays," he said Monday.
There was security present at the parade and different streets were blocked with barricades. Tenorio said, adding that it may have played a role in quick response to the incident.
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