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At Least 5 Dead, Dozens Injured After SUV Bulldozed Christmas Parade Performers, Attendees In Waukesha, Wisconsin

At least five people are dead and 40 more are injured after a red SUV sped through the crowd and performers at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis.


Warning: graphic footage.

At least five people are dead and 40 more are injured after a red SUV sped through the crowd and performers at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., on Sunday afternoon.

Graphic videos of the event show the vehicle running over marchers, dancers, and other performers as well as parade attendees.

Officials with the Waukesha Fire Department said on Sunday that they transported at least 11 adults and 12 pediatric patients to local hospitals.

Early social media reports claimed that shots were possibly fired from the vehicle that plowed through the crowded parade route but law enforcement authorities confirmed on Sunday that an officer at the parade discharged his weapon at the SUV in an attempt to slow or stop the harmful driving.

Waukesha city officials released the death toll on Sunday night with the caveat that the numbers might grow as more information surfaces but did not specify who had died.

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group that performed in the parade, confirmed on Monday morning that multiple dancers died as a result of the tragedy.

“Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes gleamed… of being a Grannie. They were the glue….held us together,” the group’s Facebook page stated.

Archdiocese of Milwaukee spokeswoman Sandra Peterson said that at least one Catholic priest, as well as multiple parishioners and Waukesha Catholic schoolchildren, were injured in the incident.

Footage of the aftermath shows dozens of people lying on the street surrounded by concerned and crying bystanders.

Roads around the area of the annual parade remained closed early Monday morning and local schools canceled classes for the day.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson confirmed on Sunday evening that officers had detained “a person of interest” but did not release additional details about the suspect or the “fluid” investigation. The red SUV used in the attack was also recovered.

While authorities did not officially name a suspect in press conferences, journalists and social media sleuths claimed to have determined that police, as stated on Waukesha police scanners, are further investigating Darrell Brooks, Jr., a Milwaukee man with a lengthy rap sheet who posted bond just a few days before the parade, as the potential suspect who drove the vehicle. NBC News reported that five law enforcement officials confirmed Brooks’ identity as the person in custody.