Waukesha Parade Horror As SUV Plows Into Spectators; 5 Killed, More than 40 Injured, Officials Plan Press Conference

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Police canvass the streets in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after a vehicle plowed into a Christmas parade hitting more than 20 people Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

SECOND UPDATE, 7:13 AM PT: CNN and MSNBC reported that authorities are investigating whether the driver of the vehicle had been fleeing another incident.

Police took into custody a person of interest. The Associated Press, quoting law enforcement sources, identified the person as Darrell Brooks, 39.

Authorities are planning a press conference for later on Monday. NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt will anchor a special report, with Tom Llamas reporting from Waukesha. Llamas also will anchor Top Story with Tom Llamas for NBC News NOW.

UPDATE 11 PM PT: As of late Sunday night, five people had been killed and more than 40 were injured in the Waukesha, Wisconsin incident, in which a vehicle drove into a Christmas parade, city official said in a Twitter post, cautioning that “these numbers may change as we collect additional information.” According to Police Chief Daniel P. Thompson, it is unclear whether the incident was an act of terrorism.

President Joe Biden has been briefed on the tragedy, a White House official told CNN.

“The White House is closely monitoring the situation in Waukesha and our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted by this terrible incident,” the official said. “We have reached out to state and local officials to offer any support and assistance as needed.”

PREVIOUS 8:30 PM: The Wisconsin city of Waukesha is mourning the loss of multiple bystanders, including children after a red SUV plowed through a Christmas parade on Sunday evening. More than 20 people were struck.

At 4:39 p.m. local time, the vehicle drove through the barricades heading westbound on Main Street, confirmed police chief Dan Thomspon at a press conference. As next of kin notifications remain ongoing, law enforcement is unable to share the total number of losses.

A person of interest is in custody, police are no longer searching for the SUV involved in the tragedy. It is unknown at this time if terrorism played a factor. A new update will be shared with the media at 1 p.m. on Monday.

“Today we experienced an awful, senseless tragedy,” said Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly, who walked in the parade when the celebration kicked off, at a media briefing. “Today our community faced horror and tragedy in what should’ve been a community celebration. I’m deeply saddened to know that so many in our community went to a parade but ended up dealing with injury and heartache. My heart goes out to all those affected by this senseless act.”

Police are asking locals to stay clear of the scene as roads will remain closed at least overnight.

If anyone is looking for loved ones who attended the parade and are unaccounted for, a family reception area has been set up at Waukesha North. For concerned persons outside of Waukesha, information will be provided by phone at (262) 548-7122.

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