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Suspect in Waukesha Christmas parade attack charged with intentional homicide

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A Wisconsin man was hit with 5 counts of first-degree intentional homicide Monday in the lethal vehicular attack on a Christmas parade in Waukesha, police mentioned at a press convention.

An emotional Police Chief Daniel Thompson mentioned cops have dominated out terrorism as a motive for the tragic incident, however confirmed that Darrell Brooks, who had been held as an individual of curiosity in the case, has now been charged.

“The subject was taken into custody a short distance from the scene and we are confident he acted alone,” Thompson informed reporters. “There is no evidence that this is a terrorist incident.”

He mentioned Brooks was concerned in an unrelated “domestic incident” previous to the attack however left the scene earlier than police might reply.

The chief additionally confirmed that one Waukesha cop who opened fireplace on the car has since been positioned on administrative go away, as per division protocol. 

Thompson, his voice breaking, additionally recognized the 5 individuals killed, who vary in age from 39 to 81.

Police acquire objects discarded on Main St. in Waukesha the day after the Christmas parade attack.
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The scene in Waukesha the day after the Christmas parade attack.
The scene in Waukesha the day after the Christmas parade attack.
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Five people were killed in the Waukesha Christmas Parade when Darrell Brooks blew past police and plowed into parade-goers.
Five individuals had been killed in the Waukesha Christmas parade when Darrell Brooks allegedly blew previous police and plowed into parade-goers.
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They had been recognized as Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52; and Wilhelm Hospel, 81. 

He mentioned there have been 48 individuals injured in all, together with two kids who’re in essential situation.

Darrell Brooks has been charged with homicide for killing five people in a Christmas parade on November 21, 2021.
Darrell Brooks has been charged with homicide for killing 5 individuals in a Christmas parade on November 21, 2021.
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Brooks, 39, was taken into custody as an individual of curiosity following the lethal Sunday incident that killed 5 and left dozens injured.

The crimson Ford Escort SUV barreled previous police barricades and into the Waukesha Christmas parade route round 4:40 p.m. Sunday and mowed down greater than 40 marchers and spectators, together with a dozen kids.

Six kids injured in the attack at the moment are in essential situation on the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and three others are in severe situation, in accordance with hospital officers.

In all, the hospital is treating 18 kids between 3 and 16, together with three units of siblings, the hospital mentioned.

Dr. Amy Drendel, medical director of the hospital’s emergency division, mentioned the injures vary from scrapes to damaged bones and severe head accidents — with eight kids present process surgical procedure Sunday and Monday.

Among the lifeless are members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, the group said in a Facebook post, including they had been “devastated by this terrible tragedy.”

Police mentioned Brooks could have been fleeing from one other incident, presumably a knife battle.

Chief of Police Dan Thompson speaks at a news conference at Waukesha City Hall
Chief of Police Dan Thompson speaks at a news convention at Waukesha City Hall on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021.
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Clean up crews work down Main St after Police have finished gathering evidence.
Cleanup crews work down Main Street after police completed gathering proof.
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Abandoned chairs, blankets and other items remain along W. Main St. in downtown Waukesha after a vehicle plowed through the Christmas Parade on November 21, 2021.
Abandoned chairs, blankets and different objects stay alongside West Main Street in downtown Waukesha after a car plowed by way of the Christmas parade on November 21, 2021.
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Darrell Brooks seen in the red SUV prior to him killing five people in the Christmas Parade.
Darrell Brooks seen in the crimson SUV previous to allegedly killing 5 individuals in the Christmas parade.
Emergency responders are seen at the corner of Clinton St. and W. Main St. in downtown Waukesha.
Emergency responders are seen on the nook of Clinton and West Main streets in downtown Waukesha.
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Brooks, an beginner rapper who glided by the title Mathboi Fly, has a felony previous and was launched from jail simply two days earlier, in accordance with studies and court docket data.

Records present he was launched on money bond on Friday in a Nov. 5 case the place he’s charged with resisting or obstructing an officer, recklessly endangering security, disorderly conduct, bail leaping and battery.

In one other case relationship to July of final 12 months, Brooks is charged with reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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