Multiple fatalities after SUV plows through Wisconsin holiday parade

By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha and Helen Regan, CNN

Updated 8:37 a.m. ET, November 22, 2021
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8:52 p.m. ET, November 21, 2021

Waukesha official: "There was so much joy and holiday spirit in the air before all this happened"

From CNN’s Joe Sutton 

Waukesha Alderman Don Paul Browne tells CNN he was participating in today's Christmas parade, but said he was out of the parade before the incident occurred.

“This is so sad and senseless," he said. "There was so much joy and holiday spirit in the air before all this happened."

He urged people to "keep our victims, families and our community in your thoughts and prayers.”

More than 20 people were injured Sunday when an SUV plowed into Waukesha's holiday parade.

8:44 p.m. ET, November 21, 2021

Shelter in place ordered for portions of Waukesha

From CNN’s Natasha Chen and Conor Powell

(Jim Vondruska/Getty Images)
(Jim Vondruska/Getty Images)

The Waukesha Police Department has sent a push alert to cell phones in the area asking those “within a ½ mile radius of the 5 points downtown” to immediately shelter in place.

 Police did not provide additional information for the alert.

8:44 p.m. ET, November 21, 2021

Witness describes seeing vehicle plow into band: "It was not something that I wanted to see"

From CNN’s Joe Sutton

(Jim Vondruska/Getty Images)
(Jim Vondruska/Getty Images)

Angela O’Boyle, who lives in an apartment on the fifth floor which overlooks the Waukesha Christmas parade route, told CNN’s Natasha Chen she was on the balcony watching tonight.

“The next thing I heard were screams and turned my head and saw the car come and plow into the band that was just pass my balcony at that point," she said.

She added, "It hit at least two people right away and rolled over them. And then continued down the road to People’s Park, which is at the end of the block – and then kept going, it didn’t stop.” 

Boyle said she heard screaming and people yelling out their children’s names. 

She went on to say, “it was not something that I wanted to see.”

8:14 p.m. ET, November 21, 2021

Wisconsin senator thanks officials and community members responding to parade crash

From CNN’s Colin McCullough

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said he is offering his “thoughts and prayers” for the victims in Waukesha.

"My gratitude for all law enforcement, medical personnel, and community members who are responding," he tweeted.

More than 20 people were injured when an SUV ran into crowds gathered for the Waukesha Christmas Parade this evening.

Officials are expected to give an update on the incident at 8:30 p.m. ET.

8:14 p.m. ET, November 21, 2021

Wisconsin governor: I am praying for those "affected by this senseless act"

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said he and his wife are praying for the "kids, families, and community members affected by this senseless act" following the incident at the Waukesha Christmas parade.

"I'm grateful for the first responders and folks who acted quickly to help, and we are in contact with local partners as we await more information," he tweeted.

Earlier today, more than 20 people were injured after an SUV ran through the Waukesha Christmas Parade.

8:10 p.m. ET, November 21, 2021

FBI says it is "aware" of Wisconsin holiday parade incident

From CNN’s Evan Perez

The FBI said it is aware of the incident at Waukesha, Wisconsin, Christmas parade, where an SUV ran through a crowd Sunday night.

More than 20 people were injured during the incident, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said. Officials have recovered the suspected vehicle, and they are looking into a person of interest, he said.

"The FBI Milwaukee field office is aware of the reporting of an incident in Waukesha. The local and state authorities are leading the response," an FBI spokesperson said.

8:09 p.m. ET, November 21, 2021

Facebook video of the parade route shows a red SUV racing down the street

(City of Waukesha)
(City of Waukesha)

Video from the city of Waukesha's Facebook page showed a red SUV driving fast along the Christmas parade route. 

Shortly after, a police officer was seen running through the screen, and the crowd appeared to react to events off screen.  

Moments ago, police said more than 20 people were injured when a red SUV plowed into crowds at the Christmas parade. But authorities have yet to comment on whether the specific red vehicle in the video is responsible for the crash.

7:54 p.m. ET, November 21, 2021

The White House is monitoring the Waukesha parade incident

From CNN’s Arlette Saenz

The White House is monitoring the situation in Waukesha, Wisconsin, according to a White House official.

Waukesha Police said more than 20 people were injured after an SUV ran through the city's Christmas parade earlier this evening.

Officials have recovered the suspected vehicle, and they are looking into a person of interest, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said.

7:54 p.m. ET, November 21, 2021

Waukesha County executive says he was at the parade and noticed police sirens

From CNN’s Joe Sutton and Brad Parks

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow said he participating in the parade with his wife and noticed the police sirens.

He said he later learned about the people who were injured. 

Read his full statement:

“This is an unspeakable tragedy, affecting us all as we work to overcome an extremely challenging two years and resume our cherished holiday traditions. Keep the families affected in your thoughts as we work to offer whatever support we can. I have been in contact with Mayor Reilly and offered any resources the county could provide. I have also spoken with the Governor who offers his prayers and assistance. Right now, we are still learning about what happened. This is an active investigation, and all updates tonight will come from our law enforcement partners.
"I had just finished participating in the parade with my wife when I noticed police sirens. Shortly afterward, I learned that a vehicle drove through the parade route injuring many people. Please pray for our community tonight after the horrific events at the Waukesha Christmas Parade.”