UPDATED 10:32 AM PT – Monday, November 22, 2021
What was supposed to be a joyful event turned deadly after an SUV plowed into the crowd during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
In a press conference Sunday, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said a driver sped through police barricades and drove into a crowd of parade marchers Sunday afternoon. At one point, an officer fired shots at the suspect’s vehicle in an attempt to stop it.
Here’s full statement from Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson. He says multiple fatalities and an officer shot at the vehicle that drove into the parade. pic.twitter.com/aDQFgRWhRi
— Bruce Harrison (@BruceHarrisonTV) November 22, 2021
Waukesha Fire Chief Steve Howard reported several adults and minors were transported to local hospitals, although the extent of those injuries remains unknown.
“”The city of Waukesha, the fire department and its partners transported a total of 11 adults and 12 pediatric patients to six area hospitals,” he stated. “We do not have any specifics on the injuries at this time. All of the patients were transported. There are there were some fatalities. We do not have any detailed information on the fatalities at this time.”
No further information regarding the fatalities will be released until police notify their loved ones. A shelter in place order was cancelled after the scene was deemed safe and secure. Additionally, the Waukesha School District cancelled classes for Monday and said extra counselors would be on hand for students and staff.
Meanwhile, police named Darrell Brooks Junior a person of interest. Court documents show he’s a registered sex offender and was actually out on bail at the time of the attack. Brooks is in custody and the vehicle has been recovered following the incident.
It’s not yet known whether the incident is an act of terrorism as it is still a fluid investigation. A press conference with more information regarding the tragic event is slated for Monday.