- The suspect in the Wisconsin parade tragedy was arrested.
- Authorities are investigating whether the truck driver was fleeing a crime.
- The suspect was out on bail after being charged with reckless driving, battery, domestic abuse, and resisting arrest.
A pickup truck crashed into a Christmas parade in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing at least five people and injuring 40 more. The authorities are investigating whether the driver was fleeing a crime scene, a police officer told the Associated Press.
On Sunday, the joyous scene of bands and children dancing in Santa hats and waving pom-poms turned deadly in an instant when a truck ran over barricades and rammed dancers, musicians, and others. In one video, a woman yells, “Oh my God!” over and over after the truck hit a group of dancers. One father spoke of going, “from one twisted body to another,” to search for his daughter. Among the dead were members of the Dancing Grannies group.
Who is the suspect and what were the crimes he previously committed?
One person was detained after a Waukesha cop opened fire to stop the vehicle, authorities said. The investigators questioned the person about a prior crime involving a knife amid an argument. The police officers said the investigation was still in its initial phase. They were also not authorized to speak publicly about the case, speaking to the AP on the condition of anonymity.
The detainee was identified as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks. Two police sources revealed the identity to the AP but they were not yet authorized to release that information publicly.
Suspect with a criminal past
According to online police records, a person named Darrell Brooks, 39, has two criminal cases open in Milwaukee. In one, dated November 5, he was accused of resisting an officer, murder, disorderly conduct, evading a court hearing, and assault. According to records, a $500 bond was posted on November 19.
In another case, from July 2020, Brooks was charged with endangering another person and illegal possession of a weapon. Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said he did not know if the driver had been hit by the policeman’s bullets, but no bystanders were injured.
At least 5 people died in the Wisconsin tragedy
The Waukesha municipality confirmed on social media that at least five people were killed. The incident was recorded by the city’s live broadcast and the spectators’ cell phones. A video shows the moment when the vehicle makes its way through the barricades, followed by the sound of what seems to be several gun shots.
In another video, a little girl is seen dancing in the street as the truck sped just a few feet (about one meter) away before charging into the parade participants later on. A video of pom-pom ballerinas ends with a group of people tending to a girl on the ground.