Waukesha Parade Live Updates: Suspect Will Appear in Court Tuesday

Live Updates

Five people have died and 48 are injured after an SUV was pictured driving into crowds at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Videos posted online show the driver approaching the parade before gaining speed as they crashed into the crowd, knocking over large groups of people.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson named 39-year-old Darrell Brooks as the lone suspect. No charges have yet been made. Thompson confirmed that a police officer fired several shots to try to stop the vehicle. The incident is not considered an act of terrorism.

Hospital officials confirm 18 children were brought in for treatment. Nine remain in critical or serious condition and two have been released. Their injuries range from facial abrasions to broken bones and head injuries. Many people took themselves to hospitals following the incident, officials noted.

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Darrell Brooks will appear in court Tuesday

Darrell Brooks, the suspect named in the Waukesha parade incident, will appear in court Tuesday.

Brooks will have his initial and preliminary hearing Tuesday at the Waukesha County Courthouse at 4 p.m. CST.

Vigil held for Waukesha victims tonight

A candlelight vigil is planned for the Waukesha victims Monday night at 5 p.m.

The memorial is hosted by the Association of Waukesha Congregations, The Brookfield Elm Grove Interfaith Network (BEGIN) and The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. It will be held near Cutler Park, close to downtown Waukesha.

These are the five people who died in Waukesha

The Waukesha Police confirmed the names of the five victims who died at the parade Sunday.

The victims are:

  • 79-year-old Virginia Sorenson
  • 71-year-old LeAnna Owen
  • 52-year-old Tamara Durand
  • 52-year-old Jane Kulich
  • 81-year-old Wilhelm Hospel

FULL STORY: These Are the Victims Who Died at the Waukesha Christmas Parade

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WATCH: Biden speaks out on Waukesha incident

President Joe Biden addressed the "horrific act of violence" that occurred during a parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin Sunday.

"Last night, people of Waukesha were gathered to celebrate the start of a season of hope and togetherness and thanksgiving," Biden said.

"This morning, the entire Biden family...pray that that same spirit going to embrace and uplift all victims of this tragedy, bringing comfort to those recovering from their injuries and wrapping the families of those who died in the support of their community."

Biden thanked first responders, from law enforcement to hospital workers, and said the administration is "monitoring the situation very closely."

Police say parade incident was not a terrorist event

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said confirmed five people have died and 48 others were injured after a man drove an SUV drove through a holiday parade.

The victims who died include two 52-year-old women, a 71-year-old woman, a 79-year-old woman and an 81-year-old man.

Thompson identified 39-year-old Darrell E. Brooks as the lone suspect. Brooks has been taken into police custody and police say they are confident he acted alone.

Police said the incident was not a terrorist event and was not the result of a police pursuit. They did say Brooks was involved in a "domestic dispute" prior to the incident.

Thompson said he will recommend Brooks is charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

District Attorney says Darrell Brooks bail set in previous incident was 'inappropriately low'

Milwaukee County District Attorney says the person of interest in the Waukesha parade incident should not have been released on a low cash bond in previous incident.

In a statement, DA John Chisholm said Darrell Brooks was charged with Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Felony Bail Jumping, Battery, Obstructing and Officer and Disorderly Conduct on November 5.

The state set a cash bail request at $1,000 which Brooks posted on November 11, resulting in his release from police custody.

Chisholm said the bail recommendation was "inappropriately low in light of the nature of the charges and pending charges" against Brooks.

"The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office towards matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail," Chisholm said.

He added that his office is currently conducting an internal review of the decision to make this bail recommendation.

FULL STORY: Darrell Brooks Should Not Have Been Released on Low Bail, Milwaukee DA Admits

Six children remain in critical condition, hospital official says

Children's Wisconsin confirmed that 18 children were admitted to the emergency department Sunday.

Dr. Amy Drendel, the medical director emergency department and trauma center, said the children's ages range from 3 to 16 and there are three sets of siblings.

Ten patients were admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit, trauma unit Director Dr. Michael Meyer said.

Six children are in critical condition, three are in serious condition and one is in fair condition. Eight other children are in fair condition in other units of the hospital.

Their injuries include facial abrasions, broken bones and head injuries. However, the officials also noted the serious mental and emotional trauma patients have endured.

"The injuries will go well beyond the physical and will take time to heal," Chief medical officer Dr. Michael Gutzeit said.

The hospital received patients from 5:30 p.m. until midnight, as patients from other hospitals were transferred to Children's Wisconsin "into the night," Dr. Drendel said.

Two patients will undergo surgeries today and two children have already been discharged.

City of Waukesha to hold a press conference this afternoon

The city of Waukesha 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 Monday and media will only be allowed to enter for the press conference, the city said in a tweet.

The city also shared resources to help those experiencing emotional distress following the deadly parade incident.

Wisconsin children's hospital says it treated 18 kids following the parade incident

Children's Wisconsin said it treated 18 kids who were injured in the Waukesha incident.

The hospital said it "immediately prepared for a surge of patients" after the incident. As of 8 p.m. Sunday, there were no reports of fatalities among the 15 patients brought in for treatment.

"The Children's Wisconsin Emergency Department and Trauma Center is fully open to support any community 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 a "high-level" update at 11 a.m. central time.

Milwaukee Dancing Grannies confirm member among those killed

The dance troupe said those who died were "extremely passionate Grannies" and that their "hearts are heavy at this most difficult time."

The group declined to provide further information but urged everybody to keep the victims "forever in your thoughts and prayers."

FULL STORY: Waukesha Christmas Parade: Milwaukee 'Dancing Grannies' Confirmed Among Dead

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Person of interest released on cash bond before parade incident

Person of interest in the Waukesha parade incident was released from police custody days before the incident after posting a $1,000 cash bond, according to court records.

Court records show Darrell Brooks, who has been identified as the person taken into custody on Sunday night by NBC and the Associated Press, made a court appearance on November 12 and posted the bond on November 19. But a note states the actual date the bond was posted with the sheriff was November 11.

The bond was posted in a case where Brooks is facing felony charges of bail jumping and second-degree recklessly endangering safety with domestic abuse assessments. He is also facing misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and battery, both with domestic abuse assessments.

FULL STORY: Darrell Brooks Released on Cash Bond Before Driving into Parade

Law enforcement investigating whether suspect was fleeing a crime

A Wisconsin law enforcement official investigating the incident in Waukesha said the driver may have been fleeing from a crime before plowing into the crowd at a parade, according to the Associated Press.

The official told the AP investigators were questioning the person in custody about that incident. The official described it as "an altercation involving a knife."

The ongoing investigation is still in its early stages, the official said. The officials could not discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Person of interest identified as Darrell Brooks - reports

While investigators have yet to officially confirm a suspect, reports from NBC News - citing five law enforcement officials - found the 39-year-old to be the man arrested following the incident.

Brooks has not been charged with any crime in connection with Sunday's incident and police have not identified him as a suspect.

FULL STORY: Darrell Brooks Identified as Waukesha Christmas Parade Person of Interest

Waukesha City Hall closed to public

It follows the closure of schools for most students in the city today and possibly tomorrow.

'I needed to be in Kenosha': Wisconsin's Lt. Governor recalls near miss

Mandela Barnes said he would have been at the parade yesterday but "needed to be in Kenosha" following the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.

President Biden monitoring incident

In a tweet this morning, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president had been briefed and will continue to receive updates on the incident throughout the week.

FULL STORY: Joe Biden Monitoring 'Tragic' Waukesha Parade Incident, White House Says

Archdiocese of Milwaukee confirms priest and parishioners among injured

A statement from the Archdiocese sent prayers those "injured and killed during the incident" - including several of their own.

Our prayers are with the people who have been injured and killed during the tragic incident in Waukesha. Among the injured are one of our Catholic priests, as well as multiple parishioners and Waukesha Catholic school children. Please join us in prayer for all those involved, their families, and those who are traumatized from witnessing the horrible scene.

'I had to go from one crumpled body to the other' - witness

Corey Montiho, a Waukesha school district board member, told local newspaper the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the frantic search for his daughter in the moments after the incident.

There were pompoms and shoes and spilled hot chocolate everywhere. I had to go from one crumpled body to the other to find my daughter. My wife and two daughters were almost hit. Please pray for everybody. Please pray.

Debris litters the street in Waukesha
Debris litters the street at a crime scene in Waukesha, Wisconsin Getty Images

WATCH: Videos show shocking moments before car drives into crowd

School canceled in Waukesha for most students

A post from the city's Superintendent of Schools, Dr. James Sebert, said he and colleagues are cooperating with police to "fully comprehend all of the tragic details" of the incident.

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Milwaukee Sheriff sends condolences to colleagues and victims

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office sent prayers to those caught up in what it called a "senseless tragedy" and said its officers "stand with Waukesha law enforcement and public safety partners aiding with their investigation".

Justice Department 'assisting with the response' - Wisconsin Attorney General

Josh Kaul confirmed that a major investigation is underway - with assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Justice - to establish the motive of the driver and what happened during the incident.

Wisconsin Children's hospital 'received 15 patients' but no reported fatalities

The medical facility said it "immediately prepared for a surge of patients" after police notified them about the incident in Waukesha.

None of the patients admitted to the hospital - 20 miles away in Milwaukee - have died as of 8pm CT (9pm ET).

Milwaukee Dancing Grannies asks for prayers after group 'impacted' by incident

The choreographed dance/pompom parade group confirmed they were caught up in the attack, with videos online appearing to show the car driving into the group first.

The reason behind the incident is not yet known and the group, which has become a major part of the story on social media, did not release any further details.

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At least 5 dead and 40 injured but 'numbers may change'

In an update posted earlier, city officials confirmed that many caught up in the incident "self-transported to area hospitals" while police had managed to secure a "person of interest" in custody.