More than 20 injured after car drives into Christmas parade in Wisconsin: Police
More than 20 were injured when an SUV sped into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Sunday, police said. Your browser does not support this video At 4:39 p.m. local time, a red SUV drove into the town's Christmas parade, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said at a press conference Sunday evening. © City of Waukesha People watch a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisc., on Nov. 21, 2021, shortly before an incident where a car drove into the parade, injuring more than 20, according to police.
© Provided by People City of Waukesha The car seen speeding through the parade route
Authorities confirm that the speeding car that plowed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., on Sunday left at least five people dead and more than 40 people wounded — many of them young children. © City of Waukesha The car seen speeding through the parade route
The names of the victims have not yet been released, but sources have leaked the identification of the "person of interest" who was detained late Sunday.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, NBC News, and the Associated Press all report that Darrell Brooks, 39, remains in custody, but still has not been charged with any crime, and a potential motive for his alleged actions is still being investigated by Wisconsin's Department of Justice.
Joy turns to horror as SUV speeds into Christmas parade
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A joyous scene of marching bands and children dancing in Santa hats and waving pompoms turned deadly in an instant, as an SUV sped through a barricade and into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee while spectators watched in horror. One video showed a woman screaming, “Oh my God!” repeatedly as a group of young dancers was struck Sunday. A father talked of going “from one crumpled body to the other” in search of his daughter. Members of a “Dancing Grannies” club were among those hit. © Provided by Associated Press A police officer uses a flashlight while looking for evidence in downtown Waukesha, Wis.
Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said Sunday evening that one of his officers fired several shots at the SUV to try to stop it. However, no bystanders were injured as a result of the officer's actions.
Police say there is no nexus to terrorism at this time. © Provided by People Wisconsin Department of Justice
Footage from the parade posted on The City of Waukesha Facebook page shows a red SUV blazing down the roadway after a marching band passes by while playing "Jingle Bells."
Shortly before entering the shot around 20:40 in the clip, a car horn can be heard honking as some witnesses seemingly scream at the sight. Police can then be seen rushing down the street toward the scene.
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SUV driver in parade crash may have been fleeing a crime
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether the SUV driver who plowed through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, killing at least five people and injuring more than 40, was fleeing a crime, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The joyous scene of marching bands and children dancing in Santa hats and waving pompoms turned deadly in an instant on Sunday, giving way to screams and scenes of crumpled bodies as the SUV sped through barricades and struck dancers, musicians and others. Members of a “Dancing Grannies” club were among those killed. © Provided by Associated Press Police canvass the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wis.
The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies confirmed Sunday evening that some of their members and volunteers were among those hit by the car. Members of another marching band were also struck.
Spectator-shot footage further shows the SUV nearly ran over a toddler as she danced in the street.
In the immediate aftermath, members of the crowd rushed to help those who were caught in the SUV's path.
Waukesha police are advising people to avoid the downtown area at this time. A family reunification center has been set up at the Metro Transit Center by Bank St., according to an update from the department on Facebook.
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Schools in the city have also been closed today, along with City Hall.
Donations for the victims of Sunday's incident are being accepted by the Waukesha County Community Foundation and the United Way of Milwaukee.
Waukesha parade crash suspect's bail raises questions
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — The suspect in a Christmas parade crash in suburban Milwaukee that killed five people was free on $1,000 bail posted just two days before the deadly event, a fact that is leading to a review of what happened and renewed calls for giving judges more power to set higher bails. One pending case against Darrell Brooks Jr. included an allegation that he deliberately hit a woman with his car in early November after a fight. Prosecutors in Milwaukee County on Monday called their bail recommendation “inappropriately low” given the facts of that case and the Sunday crash, and said they would review it.
Eyewitness Thomas Kluka Jr. told the Today show the SUV missed him, his wife, their daughter and their daughter's friend by mere feet.
"I noticed him coming through the crowd and I noticed something was not right, and then I seen kind of like just people flying as I stood up," Kluka said. "I'm like 'Oh no.' My daughter stood up, I threw her out of the way, then I basically yelled, 'Get out of the way,' and my wife got out of the way, and by the time she did, the car came right past me within at least two feet. I could've touched the car going by."
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Waukesha Tragedy: 2 More Children Have Been Released from the Hospital .
The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin reported the release of two additional juvenile victims of the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy last monthTwo more children have been released from the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin after sustaining injuries during last month's Christmas parade in Waukesha.