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Crime Wisconsin Christmas parade live updates: 81-year-old, 79-year-old among the 5 killed

22:40  22 november  2021
22:40  22 november  2021 Source:   abcnews.go.com

At least 20 people injured after SUV slammed into Wisconsin Christmas parade, authorities say

  At least 20 people injured after SUV slammed into Wisconsin Christmas parade, authorities say An SUV sped into a Christmas parade in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, leaving at least 20 people injured, authorities said Sunday. Your browser does not support this video Police in Waukesha, located about 20 miles west of Milwaukee, were urging people to avoid the downtown area. Mayor Shawn Reilly told WITI in Milwaukee that he does not believe there is any current danger to the public. Videos posted to social media, including a live feed of the parade operated by the City of Waukesha, show a red SUV breaking through barriers and speeding into the roadway where the parade was taking place.

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.

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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.

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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.

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. © 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. A police officer cordons off a crime scene on Nov. 21, 2021, in Waukesha, Wisc. © 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.

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  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.

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.

A map of the Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas parade route shows where an SUV plowed into parade marchers and bystanders on Nov. 21, 2021. © 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."

SUV driver in parade crash may have been fleeing a crime

  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 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.

Undated mugshot of Darrell Brooks, the person of interest in the November 21 Waukesha car incident at the holiday parade. © 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.

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. © 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. Police officers document marked evidence on Main Street the morning after a car plowed through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wis., Nov. 22, 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.

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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.

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. © 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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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. © 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. 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. © 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

  Wisconsin Christmas parade live updates: 81-year-old, 79-year-old among the 5 killed © Cheney Orr/Reuters

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