SUV driver crashes at Wisconsin parade; Was he running from a crime?

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — One person detained in Wisconsin after an SUV crashed into a holiday parade and killed at least five people has been identified as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks.

The police have yet to identify the “contact person” he is holding. However, two law enforcement officials who provided information on the subject gave the identity to The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity, as they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Online court records showed that a person named Darrell Brooks, whose birthdate makes him 39, had two open criminal cases in Milwaukee County. In a lawsuit filed on November 5, he is charged with resisting or obstructing an officer, reckless manslaughter, misconduct, bail jumping and assault. Records show the $500 cash bond was issued on November 19.

In the other lawsuit filed in July 2020, Brooks is charged with reckless endangerment and illegal possession of firearms.

THIS IS A LAST NEWS UPDATE. The previous story of the AP is below.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Investigators are investigating whether the SUV driver, who killed at least five people and injured more than 40, at a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, escaped a crime, a law enforcement official told The Associated. Print.

The cheery scene of marching bands and kids in Santa hats dancing and waving pom-poms turned deadly as the SUV sprinted past the barricades and crashed into dancers, musicians and others.

In one video, a woman said, “Oh my God!” he seemed to be shouting. A group of young dancers was shot multiple times. One father spoke of going “from one wrinkled body to another” in search of his daughter. Among the dead were members of the “Dancing Grandmas” club.

Authorities said one person was detained after a Waukesha police officer opened fire to stop the vehicle.

Investigators were questioning the person about a previous crime, which the official described as a knife-related argument to the AP. The official, who warned that the investigation was still in its infancy, was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson did not immediately provide details of the detainee or any possible cause.

Thompson said he did not know whether the driver was hit by the officer’s bullets, but that no one was injured at the scene.

The city of Waukesha put the death toll as at least five on its social media account.

The horror was recorded by the city’s live stream and the cell phones of the audience. A video shows the moment the SUV broke through the barricades and apparently the sound of several gunshots.

In another video, the SUV shows a small boy dancing in the street as he sprints just meters away from him before crashing into the parade participants a few hundred meters away. A video showing dancers with pompoms ends with a group of people heading towards a girl on the floor.

“There were pompoms and shoes and hot chocolate spilled all over the place. I had to go from one wrinkled body to the other to find my daughter,” Corey Montiho, a Waukesha school district board member, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “My wife and two daughters were nearly shot. Please everyone. Pray for me. Please pray.”

Milwaukee Dancing Grandmothers reported on its Facebook page that some of its members were among the dead. The organization describes itself as “a group of grandmothers that meets weekly to practice routines for the summer and winter parades.”

“Our group is doing what it loves, putting a smile on the face of people of all ages by performing in front of crowds, filling them with joy and happiness,” the post said.

“Those who died were extremely passionate Grandmothers. Her eyes lit up… the joy of being a grandmother. They were the glue that held us together.”

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee said that among those injured were a Roman Catholic priest, parishioners and Waukesha Catholic schoolchildren.

Chris Germain, co-owner of the Aspire Dance Center studio, nearly 70 people attended the parade, including 2-year-olds and participants up to 18 years old.

Germain, who had a 3-year-old daughter at the parade, said he was driving at the beginning of their entrance when he saw a maroon SUV “just blazing past us”. A police officer ran past the chase. Germain said he jumped out of his own SUV and secured the girls next to him.

Then he walked forward to see the damage.

“There were little children lying all over the road. “There were police officers and emergency services that performed CPR on multiple members of the parade.”

West Allis city councilor Angelito Tenorio, who is running for Wisconsin state treasurer, said he was watching the parade with his family when they saw the SUV speeding through the area.

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