How the events unfolded at Waukesha parade

Crime scene evidence is seen on Main Street the morning after a car plowed through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wis.
Crime scene evidence is seen on Main Street the morning after a car plowed through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wis. (Cheney Orr/Reuters)

It was 4:35 p.m. in Waukesha, Wis., 34 days before Dec. 25. But the neighbors of this city west of Milwaukee were celebrating a Christmas parade moving through Main Street.

At the same time a few blocks away, an officer reported he had heard of a possible knife fight near the boat launch in Frame Park, according police audio and time codes provided by the website Broadcastify. Police arrived to the park minutes later but did not immediately find the fight. At 4:37 p.m., the officer clarified to say that the fight was by the rental business near the Rotary Building. It was not clear from the police audio if or when officers approached the second location.

A quarter-mile from the rotary building, at 4:39 p.m., an officer told a dispatcher a maroon Ford Escape "just blew by [him]" at White Rock and Hartwell avenues.

Barricades blocking traffic to the parade route were removed from that intersection just a minute before, according to police audio and time codes provided by Broadcastify.

Knife fight reported

on police radio

4:35 p.m.

WISCONSIN

Waukesha

Milwaukee

Fox River

WHITE ROCK AVE.

SUV route

Barricades were removed at 4:38 p.m. and the SUV passed an officer at 4:39 p.m.

Parade

start

W MAIN ST.

SUV hits the

marchers

4:40 p.m

Main St. and Pleasant St. was blocked by plastic barricades and by a police car

SUV route

WISCONSIN AVE.

Parade

route

Cutler

Park

Parade

end

N WEST ave.

1,000 feet

Knife fight reported

on police radio

4:35 p.m.

WISCONSIN

Milwaukee

Waukesha

Fox River

WHITE ROCK AVE.

SUV route

Barricades were removed at 4:38 p.m. and the SUV passed an officer at 4:39 p.m.

Parade

start

W MAIN ST.

SUV hits

the marchers

4:40 p.m

Main St. and Pleasant St. was blocked by plastic barricades and by a police car

WISCONSIN AVE.

SUV route

Parade

route

Cutler

Park

Parade

end

N WEST ave.

1,000 feet

Knife fight reported

on police radio

4:35 p.m.

Moor Downs

Golf Course

WISCONSIN

Milwaukee

Waukesha

WHITE ROCK AVE.

Fox River

e NORTH ST.

SUV route

Barricades were removed at 4:38 p.m. and the SUV passed an officer at

4:39 p.m.

Parade

start

MADISON ST.

W MAIN ST.

SUV hits

the marchers

4:40 p.m

Main St. and Pleasant St. was blocked by plastic barricades and by

a police car

WISCONSIN AVE.

SUV route

Parade

route

Fox River

Cutler

Park

Parade

end

e Broadway

N WEST ave.

Bethesda

Park

1,000 feet

WHITE ROCK AVE.

SUV route

Plastic barricades

and a police car

E MAIN ST.

Diverted

traffic

E MAIN ST.

Parade

start

SUV route

PLEASANT ST.

WHITE ROCK AVE.

SUV route

Plastic barricades

and a police car

E MAIN ST.

Diverted

traffic

E MAIN ST.

Parade

start

SUV route

PLEASANT ST.

WHITE ROCK AVE.

SUV route

Plastic barricades

and a police car

E MAIN ST.

Diverted

traffic

E MAIN ST.

Parade

start

SUV route

PLEASANT ST.

WHITE ROCK AVE.

SUV route

Plastic barricades

and a police car

E MAIN ST.

Diverted

traffic

E MAIN ST.

Parade

start

SUV route

PLEASANT ST.

The SUV continued down White Rock Avenue then turned onto westbound Main Street, just behind the start of the parade route. It did not go through another police barricade before reaching the parade route.

At the intersection where the suspect allegedly turned, a police car and several plastic barriers created a barricade to divert westbound traffic from Main Street, according to witness statements. The position of that barricade did not block a right-hand turn from White Rock Avenue, which meant the SUV was behind the barricade when it turned onto Main Street. The Waukesha Police Department did not respond to requests for comment.

A few moments later, the suspect allegedly rammed through the parade participants, killing five and injuring more than 40 people, including children.

Five killed at Wisconsin parade by driver allegedly fleeing a knife fight are identified

The suspect who allegedly drove over the Marching Blackshirts of Waukesha South High School and other participants in the festivities was later identified by police as Darrell E. Brooks Jr., 39. A law enforcement official confirmed to The Washington Post that Brooks had been fleeing the scene of an alleged fight involving a knife.

Parade

start

1

Parade route

Parade

end

SUV

route

BUCKLEY ST.

Picture

location

1

W MAIN ST.

SUV route

Waukesha County

Historical Society

& Museum

MARTIN ST.

N EAST AVE.

Waukesha County

Historical Society

& Museum

SUV drives Main St.

at high speed

Images from a video by Jesus Ochoa

Parade

start

1

Parade route

Parade

end

SUV

route

BUCKLEY ST.

Picture

location

1

W MAIN ST.

Waukesha County

Historical Society

& Museum

SUV route

N EAST AVE.

MARTIN ST.

Waukesha County

Historical Society

& Museum

SUV drives Main St.

at high speed

Images from a video by Jesus Ochoa

Parade

start

1

Parade route

Parade

end

SUV

route

BUCKLEY ST.

SUV route

Picture

location

W MAIN ST.

1

Waukesha County

Historical Society

& Museum

N EAST AVE.

MARTIN ST.

Waukesha County

Historical Society

& Museum

SUV drives Main St.

at high speed

Images from a video by Jesus Ochoa

Parade

start

1

Parade route

Parade

end

SUV

route

BUCKLEY ST.

SUV route

Picture

location

W MAIN ST.

Waukesha County

Historical Society

& Museum

1

N EAST AVE.

MARTIN ST.

Waukesha County

Historical Society

& Museum

SUV drives Main St.

at high speed

Images from a video by Jesus Ochoa

The suspect then allegedly drove down Main Street, hitting more than 40 people and killing at least five of them.

Parade

start

2

Parade route

Parade

end

SUV

route

N barstow st.

Picture

location

2

SUV route

W MAIN ST.

Gaspar ST.

Gaspar ST.

W MAIN ST.

SUV strikes the Marching Blackshirts of Waukesha South High School, the 49th marchers in the parade

Images from a video by Angela O’Boyle

Parade

start

2

Parade route

Parade

end

SUV

route

N barstow st.

Picture

location

2

SUV route

W MAIN ST.

Gaspar ST.

Gaspar ST.

W MAIN ST.

SUV strikes the Marching Blackshirts of Waukesha South High School, the 49th marchers in the parade

Images from a video by Angela O’Boyle

Parade

start

2

Parade route

Parade

end

SUV

route

N barstow st.

SUV route

Picture

location

2

W MAIN ST.

N barstow st.

Gaspar ST.

W BROADWAY

Gaspar ST.

W MAIN ST.

SUV strikes the Marching Blackshirts of Waukesha South High School, the 49th marchers in the parade

Images from a video by Angela O’Boyle

Parade

start

2

Parade route

Parade

end

SUV

route

N barstow st.

SUV route

Picture

location

2

W MAIN ST.

N barstow st.

Gaspar ST.

W BROADWAY

Gaspar ST.

W MAIN ST.

SUV strikes the Marching Blackshirts of Waukesha South High School, the 49th marchers in the parade

Images from a video by Angela O’Boyle

Down the road, instead of following the parade route and making a turn to get to Wisconsin Avenue, the suspect allegedly went straight through North West Avenue, passing over the barriers.

Parade

start

Parade route

3

Parade

end

SUV

route

W MAIN ST.

SUV route

Plastic

barricades

Parade route

WISCONSIN AVE.

N WEST AVE.

SUV continues

to N West Ave.

breaking through

the barriers

3

Parade

start

Parade route

3

Parade

end

SUV

route

W MAIN ST.

SUV route

Plastic

barricades

Parade route

WISCONSIN AVE.

SUV continues

to N West Ave.

breaking through

the barriers

3

N WEST AVE.

Parade

start

Parade route

3

Parade

end

SUV

route

W MAIN ST.

SUV route

Plastic

barricades

Parade route

WISCONSIN AVE.

SUV continues

to N West Ave.

breaking through

barriers

3

N WEST AVE.

Parade

start

Parade route

3

Parade

end

SUV

route

W MAIN ST.

SUV route

Plastic

barricades

Parade route

WISCONSIN AVE.

SUV continues

to N West Ave.

breaking through

barriers

3

N WEST AVE.

Adriana Usero contributed to this report.

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