WAUKESHA, Wis. — Flags across the state were flying at half staff Monday as authorities tried to determine why an SUV hurtled through a barricade and slammed into a Christmas parade in suburban Waukesha on Sunday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 40.
Reports say that investigators are investigating whether or not the driver tried to flee from an alleged crime. Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said the number of dead and injured could change because many people took themselves to hospitals in the chaotic minutes after the tragedy.
Many spectators captured the incident on cellphones and recorded it via city livestream. One video showed the red SUV slamming into a group of young dancers as a woman repeatedly screamed “Oh my God!”
“Today was a tragic, horrible and unimaginable tragedy. Shawn Reilly from Waukesha, Mayor of Waukesha said that he walked at the beginning in the parade. “I saw smiling children sitting by the curb. “I saw the happy children sat on curbs with their parents. “I can still see their smiling faces.”
Gov. Tony Evers directed that the flags should be flown at 50% on Mondays and the day of funerals. Evers stated that he and Kathy were praying for Waukesha and the families and children affected by this horrible act.
Who drove the SUV’s driver?
Thompson said the investigation was ongoing and that a “suspect vehicle” was recovered. A person of interest was in custody, he said. Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, a…