Crime Three Children Injured at Waukesha Christmas Parade Allowed to Go Home Before Thanksgiving
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.
Three of the children injured at the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Sunday were released from the hospital ahead of the Thanksgiving weekend, according to the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
On Wednesday afternoon, hospital officials announced that three more children would be released after being treated for injuries they had sustained during the fatal incident, in which an SUV barreled through the parade.
"We are thankful to share that three more kids injured on Sunday will be home for Thanksgiving, where they will continue their recovery," the hospital said in a statement.
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.
As of Wednesday evening, five children remained in critical condition, two in fair condition and another three in good condition.
"No matter where our patients and families are, we are committed to supporting their physical and emotional needs," the statement read. "We also are committed to supporting kids and families who are reflecting on the tragedy and the impact it has had on their lives."
Eighteen children, ranging from ages 3 to 16 and suffering injuries ranging from facial abrasions to broken bones to serious head injuries, were brought to the hospital's emergency department following the tragic incident.
Two kids were discharged on Sunday while the other 16 were admitted to the hospital. Six patients underwent surgery Sunday evening and two were scheduled for surgery on Monday.
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.
"Our region has experienced mass casualty events like this in the past, but none in the recent history involving such a large number of children," Children's Wisconsin Emergency Department Director Dr. Amy Drendel said.
Two of the children were able to go home with their families on Monday.
On Tuesday, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin announced the first pediatric death from the parade after 8-year-old Jackson Sparks succumbed to his injuries.
"I would see him running around with all the other little kids, smiles from ear to ear," Sparks' minister said at a memorial for the victims in Veterans Park.
Five other people have been pronounced dead as a result of the attack: Virginia Sorenson, LeAnna Owen, Tamara Durand, Jane Kulich and Wilhelm Hospel.
Police are still investigating the attack and are asking anyone with video showing the vehicle plowing into the crowds to send it to authorities.
Wisconsin Christmas parade live updates: 81-year-old, 79-year-old among the 5 killed
Five people were killed and more than 40 others injured when a car plowed into a Christmas parade in Wisconsin.The suspect, 39-year-old Darrell Brooks, is in custody, authorities said.
The suspect driving the SUV has been identified as Darrell Brooks Jr.
Brooks was charged with five felony counts of first-degree intentional homicide on Tuesday. Cash bail was set at $5 million—an amount Waukesha County Court Commissioner Kevin Costello said was "extraordinarily high" but "warranted."
Waukesha Christmas parade: 5 killed and more than 40 injured after a vehicle barreled through a Wisconsin Christmas parade, officials say .
Five people were killed and more than 40 were injured when a vehicle drove into a Christmas parade Sunday afternoon in Waukesha, Wisconsin, city officials said. © Nathan Bryce vehicle waukesha incident "These numbers may change as we collect additional information. Many people have self-transported to area hospitals," the city of Waukesha said in a Twitter post early Monday. Witnesses described the horror of seeing individuals struck and lying on the ground after a red SUV drove through a series of barricades and barreled into the crowded parade route on Main Street around 4:39 p.m. local time.