Darrell Brooks Jr., the SUV driver, who plowed his car into a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wisconsin, has caused severe damage, including five deaths and 48 people injured.
Before committing the crime he had been involved in a domestic dispute that happened just minutes before the parade crash, according to Waukesha’s police chief’s on Monday.
There is no evidence of the involvement of anyone else in the horrific attack, and the suspect is facing five charges of intentional homicide, according to Police Chief Dan Thompson.
APNews reported there was no sign of a terrorist attack at the bloody incident on Sunday.
The disastrous Christmas parade
The Christmas parade, was organized each year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving and sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. This was the 59th one.
Suburban Milwaukee was enjoying the parade with marching bands and children dancing in Santa hats and waving pompoms. Suddenly an SUV appeared, slashing through barricades, striking dancers, musicians, and many others at random among the 72,000 people gathered, leaving a terrifying scene with crumpled bodies and others panicking.
Five people were left dead including four women ages 52 to 79 and an 81-year-old man. Members of a Dancing Grannies club, and a bank employee are recorded among those killed, reported by AP News.
People in critical condition include at least nine people, primarily children, while seven others are listed as in serious condition.
A so-called “Norman Rockwell-type” event has “become a nightmare” in Mayor Shawn Reilly‘s eyes, an observer, while Nicole Schneiter, who was watching the parade with her children and grandchildren, described the sight as “dummies being thrown in the air.”
Nicole said: “It took a second to register, like, ‘Is that what we really just saw?’ And then you looked in the road, and there were just people laying in the road.”
The charges against the suspect
Brooks, named MathBoi Fly on Twitter and other social media accounts, is an aspiring rapper. A YouTube video, which has been removed, revealed him rapping in front of a red Ford SUV, a similar one to the one he ploughed through people at the parade.
Since 1999, he has been accused of 16 crimes, with two remarkable cases impending at the time of the parade. In Milwaukee County, two open criminal cases are “waiting” for Brooks.
In one case, a woman denounced Brooks for intentionally running her over with his vehicle at a gas station parking lot after a fight, causing her to be hospitalised.
The other one, submitted in July 2020, where the judge sentenced him with reckless endangering and illegal possession of a firearm.
Joseph Domask, his attorney in those cases, stated that he would not appear as his lawyer in the parade crime.
According to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, $1,000 was “inappropriately low,” as prosecutors’ bail recommendation for Brooks’ charge, and the DA’s office said the matter is under investigation.
Republican Rebecca Kleefisch, a former Wisconsin lieutenant governor who is running for governor in 2022, referred to the murders as “another avoidable tragedy that occurred because a violent career criminal was allowed to walk free and terrorize our community.”