Five people were killed and 48 were hurt when an SUV driver barreled into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The suspect, 39-year-old Darrell Brooks, is in custody, authorities said.
Nov 22, 2:16 PM
81-year-old, 79-year-old among the 5 killed
An 81-year-old man and 79-year-old woman were among the five killed, police said at a news conference. The other victims were a 71-year-old woman and two 52-year-old women.
The suspect, 39-year-old Darrell Brooks, is charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, police said. More charges are possible, police said.
Police: 'Some' killed when SUV hits Christmas parade
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — An SUV driver sped through a police line and into a parade of Christmas marchers on Sunday, hitting more than 20 adults and children in a horrifying scene captured by the city’s livestream and the cellphones of onlookers. Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said “some” people had been killed but would not give an exact number. A person was in custody, he said, but he did not give any indication of motive. One video shows aWaukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said “some” people had been killed but would not give an exact number. A person was in custody, he said, but he did not give any indication of motive.
The suspect was involved in a domestic disturbance minutes prior to the deadly crash, police said.
Besides the five killed, 48 were hurt when the suspect "intentionally drove his maroon SUV through barricades into a crowd of people," police said. © Getty Images A stroller and debris is seen along the Christmas parade on Main Street in downtown Waukesha, Wis., Nov. 22, 2021, after a person driving an S.U.V. struck dozens of people. © Jim Vondruska/Getty Images A police officer cordons off a crime scene on Nov. 21, 2021, in Waukesha, Wisc.
One officer fired shots to try to stop the driver, but stopped shooting because so many parade-goers were present, police said. No one was hurt by the gunfire and the officer is on administrative leave, police said.
What we know about what happened at the Wisconsin Christmas parade
The celebratory sounds of a Wisconsin Christmas parade were interrupted by terrified screams Sunday after a vehicle plowed into participants and spectators gathered for the event in Waukesha, a city about 20 miles west of downtown Milwaukee. © Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/AP Police investigate at the scene of a crash involving multiple people and injuries at a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wis., on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP) At least five people were killed and more than 40 were injured in the chaos, city officials said.
Police said the suspect acted alone and this was not a terrorist event.
Officials said this "Norman Rockwell-type Christmas parade" has been held for decades.
Nov 22, 1:43 PM
Biden says he prays 'spirit' of Thanksgiving will 'lift up' families
In his first comments on the deadly crash, President Joe Biden said Monday, "While we don't have all the facts and details yet, we know this morning that five families in Waukesha are facing fresh grief of a life without a loved one."
"At least 40 Americans are suffering from injuries, some of them in critical condition, and an entire community is struggling, struggling to cope with the horrific act of violence," Biden said. © Phil Holm/AP A map of the Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas parade route shows where an SUV plowed into parade marchers and bystanders on Nov. 21, 2021.
"Last night, the people of Waukesha were gathered to celebrate the start of a season of hope and togetherness and Thanksgiving," he continued. "This morning, Jill and I and the entire Biden family, and I'm sure all of us, pray that that same spirit is going to embrace and lift up all the victims of this tragedy, bringing recovery from the injuries and wrapping the families of those who died in support of their community."
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.
The administration is "monitoring the situation very closely," Biden added.
-ABC News' Sarah Kolinovsky
Nov 22, 1:58 PM
Person held by police is 39-year-old Darrell Brooks
The person being held by police is 39-year-old Darrell Brooks, multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News. Brooks has not been charged with a crime in connection with the parade incident nor has he been named a suspect. © Wisconsin Department of Justice Undated mugshot of Darrell Brooks, the person of interest in the November 21 Waukesha car incident at the holiday parade.
-ABC News' Pierre Thomas, Josh Margolin, Luke Barr, Aaron Katersky
Nov 22, 1:01 PM
6 kids in critical condition
Ten of the 18 children taken to Children’s Wisconsin hospital were admitted to the ICU, including six children in critical condition, hospital officials said. © John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP A broken children's stroller lays on W. Main St. in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after an SUV drove into a parade of Christmas marchers, Nov. 21, 2021. © Cheney Orr/Reuters Police officers document marked evidence on Main Street the morning after a car plowed through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wis., Nov. 22, 2021.
Three of the ICU patients are in serious condition and one is in fair condition.
'Mama, are you OK?' In Waukesha, minutes of terror recounted
Hours before it started, they were already there — people sitting on lawn chairs or wrapped in blankets, awaiting an event the city's mayor described as straight out of Norman Rockwell. The Waukesha Christmas Parade, a tradition in its Milwaukee suburb for six decades, was to be particularly special this time around after its pandemic-related cancellation last year. Stepping off a few blocks to the east, parade participants were in the holiday spirit, too. Members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a crowd favorite on the Wisconsin parade circuit, donned white fur hats and waved white pompoms as they danced down Main Street to “Jingle Bell Rock.
Another eight patients were admitted in fair conditions and two of the 18 children have since been discharged, officials said.
The hospitalized children range in age from 3 to 16 and include three sets of siblings, officials said. Injuries include serious head injuries and broken bones.
Six children were sent to the operating room Sunday night and another two children will undergo surgery on Monday, officials said.
-ABC News' Josh Hoyos
Nov 22, 11:23 AM
Man recounts 'SUV hurtling towards me'
Brayden Kowalski was at the parade in Waukesha, which he described as "a very loving community," when he "saw about a block away, the SUV hurtling towards me."
He pulled his nephews, ages 4 and 6, out of the vehicle's path at the last minute. The SUV was about 5 feet away, Kowalski said. © Cheney Orr/Reuters Crime scene evidence is seen on Main Street the morning after after a car plowed through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wis., Nov. 22, 2021.
Kowalski said he "was fear-stricken, but I just, I tried the best I could to help," escorting people from the street over to the sidewalks.
Of the driver, he said, "I don't know if they were targeting people, but they for sure weren't dodging people. "
Nov 22, 10:55 AM
Driver may have been fleeing previous incident
Based on video evidence and interviews, investigators' preliminary assessment is that the driver wasn't aiming at specific parade participants but was speeding through the route to flee an earlier incident, multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News.
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New York City's annual parade will allow in-person viewings this year after being closed to spectators in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.Will Coss, the parade's executive producer, said: "For our 95th celebration, we are delighted to return this cherished holiday tradition closer to its original form as we march down the streets of New York City and into the homes of a nationwide audience," during a statement released in September.
© City Of Waukesha via Reuters A red SUV speeds past attendees moments before plowing into a crowd at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., in an image from video, Nov. 21, 2021. © Cheney Orr/Reuters Bloodied fabric circled in spray paint to mark as evidence are seen on Main Street the morning after a car plowed through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wis., Nov. 22, 2021.
Authorities scoured social media and other digital platforms associated with the person of interest overnight. At this point authorities have no reason to believe there is any connection to radicalization, extremism or the ongoing debate about the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, the sources said.
-ABC News' Josh Margolin, Luke Barr, Aaron Katersky