The latest on the deadly Wisconsin parade

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Mahtani, Melissa Macaya and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 8:53 PM ET, Tue November 23, 2021
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7:46 p.m. ET, November 23, 2021

The suspect in the Waukesha parade incident was charged today. Here's where things stand now.

Darrell Brooks, the suspect in Sunday's fatal incident at the Waukesha Christmas parade, has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Brooks is accused of driving an SUV into the parade on Sunday, killing six people and injuring dozens more.

If you're just reading in now, here's what we know about the incident, the investigation and the suspect:

  • Death toll and injury count rise: A child died following the parade crash, bringing the death toll to six, prosecutors announced in court on Tuesday. Prosecutors also reported that at least 62 people were injured in the incident — up from the 48 injuries police had previously reported.
  • The charges: Brooks has officially been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, according to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said they will consider a sixth homicide charge, due to the child's death. Brooks' bail was set at $5 million because the judge said he believed Brooks was a flight risk.
  • Motive unclear: The motive in the case remains a mystery, although police said said they don't believe the tragedy was an act of terrorism. Brooks was involved in a domestic disturbance with another person just before plowing his SUV through the parade, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said. Early indications were that Brooks was fleeing the initial incident, according to multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the preliminary investigation findings — but there was no police chase of Brooks leading up to the parade, Thompson said.
8:50 p.m. ET, November 23, 2021

Judge sets bail at $5 million cash for Waukesha parade suspect

From CNN's Raja Razek

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Bail is set at $5 million cash for Darrell Brooks, the man who has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide after allegedly using his SUV to plow through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The judge says he believes Brooks is a flight risk. 

If convicted on all counts, Brooks faces five consecutive life sentences, according to prosecutors, and could spend the rest of his life in prison.

A note on the death count and the charges: Brooks has officially been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, according to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office. But during his court hearing today, prosecutors said a sixth victim, a child, has also died.

Prosecutors said they will consider a sixth homicide charge due to the child's death.

5:23 p.m. ET, November 23, 2021

Death toll rises to 6 after child dies following Waukesha parade incident, prosecutors say

From Kay Jones

A sixth person has died in relation to the Waukesha Christmas parade incident, according to prosecutors. The news came during the first court appearance for suspect Darrell Brooks in Waukesha County Circuit Court.  

The sixth person is a child, the prosecutor said. Brooks is currently facing an additional charge of first-degree intentional homicide. 

The hearing is ongoing.

Brooks was arrested on Sunday after allegedly using his SUV to plow through a Christmas parade in Waukesha.

5:15 p.m. ET, November 23, 2021

5 dancers remain in the ICU after Waukesha Christmas parade incident

From CNN’s Caroll Alvarado

Five dancers who were injured during the Waukesha Christmas parade incident remain in the ICU, according to a statement by the Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team.

“Our dancers have a multitude of serious physical injuries, of those, five dancers are currently in the ICU,” read the statement posted to the dance team’s Facebook page. 

The team has also set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for their members’ medical bills, loss of work, new costumes and other lost items.

5:04 p.m. ET, November 23, 2021

Court documents indicate at least 62 people injured in Christmas parade incident

From CNN’s Kay Jones

Charging documents filed against Waukesha parade incident suspect Darrell Brooks indicate a total of 62 people were injured, in addition to the five people killed Sunday.

Previously, authorities said 48 people were injured.

Brooks was arrested on Sunday after allegedly using his SUV to plow through a Christmas parade in Waukesha.

5:09 p.m. ET, November 23, 2021

Waukesha parade incident suspect charged with 5 counts of first-degree intentional homicide

From CNN’s Kay Jones

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Prosecutors officially charged Darrell Brooks with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide on Tuesday.

Brooks was arrested on Sunday after allegedly using his SUV to plow through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, killing five and injuring dozens more.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said during a press conference on Monday that his office had recommended the charges to the district attorney. 

4:29 p.m. ET, November 23, 2021

SOON: Suspect in Waukesha parade incident makes initial court appearance

Darrell Brooks, the suspect in Sunday's fatal incident at the Waukesha Christmas parade, is expected to have his his initial court appearance in court at 5:00 p.m. ET. 

Police said they would refer five counts of intentional homicide against the Milwaukee man after they say he barreled into the Waukesha Christmas parade Sunday, killing five people and injuring 48 more — including at least 18 children.

Brooks was released from jail less than two weeks ago after allegedly using a vehicle to run over a woman who said she was the mother of his child, court documents show.

The woman survived the Nov. 2 incident and was taken to a hospital for her injuries, according to a criminal complaint.

Prosecutors filed five charges related to the incident, including obstructing an officer, second-degree recklessly endangering safety with domestic abuse assessments, disorderly conduct with domestic abuse assessments and misdemeanor battery with domestic abuse assessments.

Brooks was released from jail Nov. 11 on $1,000 bail — an amount the Milwaukee County district attorney's office had recommended but now questions.

12:27 p.m. ET, November 23, 2021

These are the charges against the suspect in Sunday's deadly Waukesha parade

Waukesha, Wisconsin, Police Chief Dan Thompson said officials are referring five charges of intentional homicide for Darrell E. Brooks, the suspect in Sunday’s incident at the Christmas parade.

"At this time, the Waukesha Police Department is referring five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, with additional charges based on the investigation," Thompson said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

Brooks is accused of careening his SUV into a Wisconsin parade, killing five people and injuring 48 others. He is the lone suspect in Sunday's tragedy, Thompson said.

The charges against him include: Obstructing an officer, second-degree recklessly endangering safety with domestic abuse assessments, disorderly conduct with domestic abuse assessments and misdemeanor battery with domestic abuse assessments.

Brooks will have his initial appearance in court on Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local time).

You can read more about the investigation here.

12:53 p.m. ET, November 23, 2021

Milwaukee dance group: "Our hearts are heavy over the loss of our grannies and volunteer"

From CNN’s Christina Zdanowicz

Waukesha victims (L-R) Virginia Sorenson, Tamara Durand and LeAnna Owen
Waukesha victims (L-R) Virginia Sorenson, Tamara Durand and LeAnna Owen (Obtained by CNN)

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies shared an update on Tuesday morning, posting photos of three of the members who died in the Waukesha parade incident.

“Our hearts are heavy over the loss of our grannies and volunteer. Our injured grannies are in stable condition with one being released from the hospital Monday,” the group wrote on Facebook.

The group also posted photos of Waukesha victims Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71 and Tamara Durand, 52.

The Dancing Grannies was formed in 1984 from what was originally a jazzercise group, one of the members told CNN affiliate WDJT earlier this year.

CNN's Theresa Waldrop contributed reporting to this post.