6 People Dead, Over 40 Injured After SUV Plows Into Holiday Parade in Wisconsin (UPDATE)

Over 40 attendees of the annual Waukesha Christmas Parade in Wisconsin were injured when an SUV drove through the crowd. At least five were killed.

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An ambulance with lights flashing arrives at Southend Hospital.

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UPDATED 11/23, 5:20 p.m. ET: Darrell Brooks Jr. is expected to be charged with five counts of homicide, the Associated Press reports. If he’s found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, he’ll face a mandatory life sentence.

News of the charges against Brooks Jr. dropped just as prosecutors announced that a child became the sixth person to die from the incident, NBC 25 News reports.

UPDATED 11/22, 11:20 a.m. ET: Per a Milwaukee Journal Sentinelreport citing a law enforcement source, the person of interest taken into custody is 39-year-old Darrell Brooks Jr. The Milwaukee man has an open domestic violence case and has been charged multiple times in recent years with recklessly endangering the safety of others.

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UPDATED 11/22, 7:30 a.m. ET: Amid a series of updates late Sunday night, Waukesha city officialsconfirmed that five people had died and more than 40 others had been injured. Meanwhile, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson—per the Associated Press—said that a person of interest was now in custody. 

In a statement, the Waukesha Police Department noted that the investigation remains ongoing, meaning “the scene is still fluid” and additional information would be made announced soon. Assisting local authorities in the investigation are officials from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

If you are experiencing emotional distress the Disaster Distress Helpline is here for you. Call or text 800-985-5990 to be connected to a trained, caring counselor - 24/7.#Waukesha pic.twitter.com/orAYcHDWGI

— cityofwaukesha (@CityofWaukesha) November 22, 2021

“The community mourns the loss of our community members and those injured,” police said. “We are asking for the community to come together during this time and to keep the families in your prayers.”

Early Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that President Biden had been briefed on the “tragic situation” and would continue to receive regular updates moving forward. “Our team is in close touch with local officials to offer any support and assistance needed,” Psaki said. “Our hearts are with the families and the entire community.”

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Over 20 people were injured after a red SUV drove through the annual Waukesha Christmas Parade in Wisconsin on Sunday, NBC News reports.

DEVELOPING: More than 20 injured after SUV plows through holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, police say; authorities are "looking into" a person of interest; a vehicle has been recovered.https://t.co/ecKBcnC7Dj

— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 22, 2021

The City of Waukesha’s Facebook account captured the frightening footage of the SUV zooming past the camera with the sound of people screaming soon after. 

This was recorded from the City of Waukesha’s Facebook account, which was streaming the parade.

You can see a red SUV speed right past these band members, hear screams and then a law enforcement officer running. @fox6now pic.twitter.com/8lO5oRuP1I

— Sam Kraemer (@SamKraemerTV) November 21, 2021

The Waukesha Freeman reports the SUV was seen swerving around parade participants before the event even started. Multiple members of the Waukesha South High School Band were among those hit by the vehicle. “My son just passed with his band, which is Waukesha South, and a truck (came) barreling through, almost hit the back of a float truck … he ended up hitting a bunch of band members and it went all the way up the road,” one attendee recalled.

“I saw at least five people get hit and I don’t know where that vehicle stopped,” another witness said. “I saw those kids falling… I knew that if that was one of my kids I’d want somebody there immediately.” 

seen escaping the Christmas parade in #Wisconsin
Police officers fired shots towards the red Ford.

The driver in Waukesha allegedly ran over multiple elderly women while shooting. pic.twitter.com/HjarJ7PcjU

— Charlie Ztuker (@CharlieZtuker) November 21, 2021

The area was evacuated and a family reunification location has been announced. The SUV was later located, but it appears the suspect was not inside. 

UPDATE: Chief says more than 20 hurt. They found suspect vehicle but that’s all the information we have now @WISN12News #Waukesha

— Courtney Sisk (@Courtney_SiskTV) November 22, 2021

Waukesha Police issued a shelter in place order, possibly due to the uncertainty regarding the suspect’s whereabouts. Meanwhile, the Carroll University campus is on lockdown

A public safety alert just went out. If you are within a 1/2 mile of the five points in downtown Waukesha, being told to shelter in place until an all clear is given. @fox6now pic.twitter.com/ax6h6K68SD

— Bill Miston (@billmiston) November 22, 2021

Authorities declared the scene to be a “mass casualty incident” with “some fatalities,” but wouldn’t disclose how many people died until their families have been informed first.

🚨JUST IN: The Mayor of #Waukesha says, “My heart goes out to those who lost a loved one tonight.” The Chief of Police says, “We will not be releasing information on fatalities at this time as we work to inform loved ones.” Police do have a person of interest in custody. @CBS58

— Alex Corradetti (@AlexCorradetti) November 22, 2021

Since a person of interest is in police custody, the shelter in place order has been lifted.  

Police say the area is “safe” now— they have a person of interest in custody. Roads downtown still appear blocked. Fatalities confirmed. No word on how many. https://t.co/aYEnyuYcuF

— Courtney Sisk (@Courtney_SiskTV) November 22, 2021

Update from #Waukesha presser:
-Red SUV struck over 20 people
- 11 adults and 12 pediatric patients transported to hospitals
-There are "some fatalities," no details yet
-An officer fired a gun to try and stop vehicle
-Person of interest in custody

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 22, 2021

The number of people injured hasn’t been confirmed either, but reports suggest that over 20 adults and children were transported to nearby hospitals. 

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