Several people have been killed and dozens injured after seeing an SUV drive into a crowd during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Videos posted online showed the driver approaching the parade before gaining speed, as they crashed into the crowd, hitting large groups of people.
A “person of interest” has been taken into custody, said Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson, who is reported to be Darrell Brooks, 39. No charges have been filed yet. Thompson confirmed that a police officer fired several shots to try to stop the vehicle. An official said the incident at this time was not being viewed as a terrorist act.
Children were also among the dead or injured, officials confirmed, with at least six being taken to hospital for treatment. Officials said many people took themselves to hospitals after the incident.
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The city of Waukesha will hold a press conference this afternoon
Waukesha City will hold a press conference at City Hall at 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET.
City Hall will remain closed to the public on Monday and media will be allowed to enter only for press conferences, the city said in a tweet.
The city also shared resources to help those facing emotional distress following the deadly parade incident.
Wisconsin Children’s Hospital says it treated 18 children after parade incident
Children’s Wisconsin said it treated 18 children injured in the Waukesha incident.
The hospital said it was “immediately prepared to rush patients” after the incident. There was no report of any death among the 15 patients brought for treatment till 8 pm on Sunday.
“The Children’s Wisconsin Emergency Department and Trauma Center is fully open to supporting any community in need, in addition to responding to this fluid and dynamic situation,” the hospital said in a statement Sunday.
Hospital officials will hold a virtual news conference to share “high-level” updates at 11 a.m. central time.
Milwaukee Dancing Grannies confirm member among those killed
The dance troupe said those who died were “extremely emotional grandmothers” and that their “heart is heavy at this most difficult time.”
The group declined to provide further details, but urged everyone to keep the victims “in their thoughts and prayers forever”.
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Person of interest released on cash bond before the event of the parade
According to court records, the man interested in the Waukesha parade incident was released from police custody a few days before the incident after posting a $1,000 cash bond.
Court records show Darrell Brooks, identified as the man detained on Sunday night NBC And this The Associated Press, appeared in the court on 12 November and posted the bond on 19 November. But a note said the actual date for posting the bond with the sheriff was November 11.
The bond was posted in a case where Brooks is facing serious charges of endangering safety by jumping bail and second-degree negligence with an assessment of domestic abuse. He is also facing charges of disorderly conduct and battery of misdemeanor charges, along with an assessment of domestic abuse.
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Law enforcement investigating whether suspect was on the run from crime
A Wisconsin law enforcement officer investigating the incident in Waukesha said the driver may have been on the run from the crime before entering the crowd at the parade. The Associated Press.
the officer told AP Investigators were questioning the detained man about the incident. The official described it as a “knife dispute”.
The official said that the ongoing investigation is still in its initial stage. Officials could not discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.
Person of interest identified as Darrell Brooks – report
While investigators have yet to officially confirm a suspect, NBC News reports – citing five law enforcement officers – that the 39-year-old man was arrested after the incident.
Brooks has not been charged with any crimes in relation to Sunday’s incident and police have not identified him as a suspect.
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Milwaukee’s Archdiocese confirms priest and parishioner among injured
A statement from the archdiocese sent prayers to those “injured and killed during the incident” – many of whom were themselves included.
Our prayers are with those who have been injured and killed during the tragic incident in Waukesha. The injured included one of our Catholic priests, as well as several parishioners and Waukesha Catholic school children. Please join us in prayers for everyone involved, their families and those hurt by the horrific sight.
‘I had to move from one broken body to another’ – Sakshi
Waukesha School District board member Cory Montiho told local newspaper the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about her daughter’s frantic search in the moments after the incident.
There was fanfare and shoes and hot chocolate was scattered everywhere. I had to go from one broken body to another to find my daughter. My wife and two daughters were almost hurt. Please pray for everyone. Please pray
Wisconsin Children’s Hospital finds ’15 patients’ but no deaths reported
The medical facility said it was “immediately ready to rush patients” after police were informed about the incident in Waukesha.
None of the hospitalized patients — 20 miles away in Milwaukee — have died as of 8 a.m. CT (9 a.m. ET).