TERRIFYING new footage shows the moment an SUV sped past families before plowing into the crowd at the Waukesha Christmas parade, leaving five dead and scores injured.

A mom captured the horrific scene as the rampage unfolded at the festive event in Wisconsin on Sunday.

The SUV plowed by about 30 minutes into the parade

Gun shots were fired at the parade

More than 40 people were injured

The woman was at the event with her three-year-old daughter and two sisters when they suddenly started “running for our lives” as gunshots rang out.

“All of a sudden, I hear people screaming and running, I look up and everyone's running and someone's saying ‘he got a gun’ and everyone starts bolting towards the front door of my sister's complex. It was just sheer panic,” the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, exclusively told The Sun. 

She added: “Everyone is just running for their lives. We think that the guy who just drove through the parade has a gun and now he's on the loose, shooting around and it's an active shooter situation now.”

The mother recalls quickly grabbing her daughter so she wouldn’t get hurt and how everyone was running into her sister’s apartment complex for cover. 

“Everyone's clutching their children and family members were running into the building trying to squeeze in and someone's yelling ‘he got a gun, he got a gun’,” she said.

“There's children crying, people screaming. It's a complete panic.”

Darrell Edward Brooks, 39, was named as a person of interest on Monday after reportedly being detained by Waukesha cops.

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“We see this red SUV zooming right past all of us, barely missing a photographer, barely missing children, barely missing my sister who is sitting on the edge of the curb,” the mom recalled. 

“He just continues on, doesn't stop and everyone is confused.”

Follow our Waukesha holiday parade live blog for the very latest news and updates...

Five people died and more than 40 people were injured – including 12 kids – in the horror as families and performers celebrated the annual holiday event.

Officials said on Monday that 18 children were treated at the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin following the rampage.

Cops opened fire on the SUV as it plowed through a barrier and sped off.

Officers later swooped at an address in Milwaukee, where the SUV was parked in the driveway.

The front of the vehicle was crumpled right up to the windscreen with its bumper and license plate hanging off.

Brooks was detained there and he reportedly complained of a sore shoulder as he was taken into custody.

Videos posted on YouTube by Brooks appear to show the same car that plowed into the parade.

The first three letters on the license plate ADP and the vehicle's description are the same as reportedly heard on the police scanner.

Court documents link Brooks, who wrote about killing people in concerning rap lyrics, to the address in Milwaukee where he was arrested.

DANCING GRANNIES

A beloved group of performers known as the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies has confirmed that some of its members were killed in the chaos at the Christmas parade. 

In a statement posted on Facebook, the group wrote that it was ...devastated... to confirm that some of its members were among the five killed by a speeding SUV that carved through the parade on Main Street at 4.30pm.

A number of the group's members were also injured. It's currently unclear how many died and how many were hurt.

In its post, the troupe wrote: ...The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies are devasted by this terrible tragedy with of loss of life and injuries in the Waukesha Christmas parade.

...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.

...While performing the grannies enjoyed hearing the crowd's cheers and applause which certainly brought smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts....

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