With the mud nonetheless settling after a crimson SUV mowed down Christmas parade marchers in a Milwaukee suburb Sunday, killing at the very least 5 individuals and injuring dozens – together with kids – legislation enforcement and witnesses on the scene are praising first responders’ dealing with of the chaos that unfolded.

A police officer makes use of a flashlight whereas searching for proof in downtown Waukesha, Wis., after an SUV sped by a barricade and slammed right into a Christmas parade, injuring a number of individuals Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.
(AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Brayden Kowalski, 19, one of many witnesses on the scene, described the first responders’ professionalism as “wonderful” in an interview with Fox News.

“It was wonderful,” Kowalski mentioned when describing the first responders’ professionalism and swift actions. 

He mentioned it didn’t take lengthy for first responders to reach on scene and he recounted how paramedics and hearth personnel labored their manner up by the gang, ranging from the place photographs have been first fired. 

The aftermath of Sunday evening's chaotic incident. 

The aftermath of Sunday night’s chaotic incident. 
(Angela O’Boyle)

He famous that Waukesha, a “peaceful town” about an hour’s drive west of Milwaukee, has by no means had such a traumatic incident as what occurred Sunday. 

Still, the EMTs “worked quite well, quite quickly, in a very orderly fashion,” Kowalski mentioned. 


Police, in the meantime, have been sustaining order within the crowd, permitting relations of the victims to remain close by, the witness added. 

“Officers stood near the bodies … to make sure there was no evidence being messed with and for the sake of their families to maintain order as best they could,” Kowalski mentioned. 

Police tape cordons off a street in Waukesha, Wis., after an SUV plowed into a Christmas parade hitting multiple people Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. 

Police tape cordons off a avenue in Waukesha, Wis., after an SUV plowed right into a Christmas parade hitting a number of individuals Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. 
((AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps))

Angela O’Boyle witnessed the horror unfold from her house balcony. She mentioned police went into excessive gear instantly after the SUV flew previous them and EMT responders have been on the scene inside minutes. 

“It was an instantaneous help by bystanders and EMTs,” she instructed Fox News. “Everybody was running.” 

She mentioned the scene was chaotic however was managed comparatively quick, admitting that she would have been in good palms had she been down on the road under. 

Police officers clearing the street. 

Police officers clearing the road. 
(Angela O’Boyle)

Alan Johnson, vice chairman of important care and specialty companies for Waukesha’s Pro Health Care, praised the “outstanding” work of first responders. He mentioned numerous surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and different staffers rushed to the hospital to assist the victims.  

“What I saw on display last night in response to this crisis was nothing less than the highest level of professionalism,” Johnson instructed Fox News on Monday. “Our coordination with local fire and local EMS worked flawlessly in the face of this incident.”  


Police mentioned at the very least 5 individuals have been killed and almost 50 have been injured within the parade attack. The useless have been recognized as 4 ladies ages 52 to 79 and an 81-year-old man. Members of a Dancing Grannies membership have been amongst these killed, as was a financial institution worker.

Darrell Brooks, person of interest in Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas parade crash

Darrell Brooks, particular person of curiosity in Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas parade crash
(Wisconsin Department of Justice)

Police additionally recognized the suspect: Darrel Brooks Jr., a 39-year-old Milwaukee man with a legal historical past courting again to 1999. Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson mentioned Brooks had left the location of a home disturbance earlier than officers arrived and was not being chased by police on the time of the crash. 

Police mentioned they have been drawing up 5 expenses of intentional murder in opposition to Brooks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report