At least six people have died and more than 60 were injured – at least 18 of them children – after the driver of an SUV broke through a barrier and plowed into a Christmas parade in suburban Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Nov. 21.
The death of the sixth victim, Jackson Sparks, 8, was announced in court Nov. 23 as five counts of intentional first-degree homicide were filed against Darrell Brooks, 39, from Milwaukee. Bail was set at $5 million.
Waukesha County District Attorney Sue Opper said a sixth homicide charge would be filed. First-degree intentional homicide convictions carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
The number of dead and injured could rise. Six children are still in critical condition and 13 children were being treated at Children’s Wisconsin hospital as of Tuesday evening, USA TODAY reported.
A written criminal complaint said Brooks acted intentionally "to strike and hurt as many people as possible," according to one police officer on the scene.
Brooks has been charged three times in two years with recklessly endangering the safety of others, USA TODAY reported. Most recently, on Nov. 5, he was charged in a domestic abuse case in which a woman said he ran her over on purpose with his vehicle after a fight.
In the incident on Nov. 21, most of the injured were parade participants, including children, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Police said Brooks was fleeing a domestic disturbance, and the incident was not an act of terrorism.
"We are confident he acted alone," Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said in a news conference Nov. 22. "We have no information that Brooks knew anybody in the parade."
Here is what we know. All times are approximate:
3 p.m. (Central Standard Time)
Participants in the city's 58th annual Christmas parade assemble at a staging area on Main Street near White Rock Avenue. About 67 groups are scheduled to take part.
The parade begins and proceeds west. The route is about a mile long.
A red SUV speeds along West Main Street behind a school marching band. A witness described it as "just zooming full speed along the parade route."
A police officer fires at the SUV in an attempt to stop it. Police reported that no shots were fired from the SUV. No bystanders were injured by gunfire.
Police close several downtown streets. Reports of dead and injured begin coming in, members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies among them. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee says a Catholic priest, multiple parishioners and Waukesha Catholic school children are among the injured.
Last ambulances leave the area.
Children’s Wisconsin hospital reports it received 15 patients; there are no reported fatalities.
Aurora Medical Center-Summit says: “We are currently treating 13 patients – 3 are in critical condition, 4 in serious condition, 6 in fair condition."
The incident does not appear to be connected to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict Nov. 19 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, according to anonymous sources cited by CNN and NBC. Kenosha is about 55 miles from Waukesha.
CONTRIBUTING Javier Zarracina, Stephen Beard and Shawn Sullivan, USA TODAY; Christopher Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
SOURCE USA TODAY Network reporting and research; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Associated Press; Maps4news.com/©HERE