WAUKESHA, Wis. — The driver of an SUV that hurtled through a barricade and slammed into a Christmas parade in suburban Waukesha on Sunday was fleeing from a domestic disturbance moments before he killed at least five people and injured more than 40 others, police said.
Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson stated Monday that Darrell Brooks Jr. was running from a domestic disturbance and a report about a knife. He rammed into the parade. Thompson stated that Brooks wasn’t being pursued. He will be charged with five counts of intentional homicide, Thompson added.
The deceased victims’ were four women and a man with ages ranging from 52 to 81. Thompson said 48 others were injured in the crash, which was captured on the city’s livestream as the SUV struck a high school band, children’s dance group and the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.
Officials at the local hospital stated Monday morning that six children are in serious condition. Children’s Wisconsin Hospital received 18 patients, from the age of 3 to 16, including three sets of siblings, doctors said.
“Last night our Waukesha Parade became the tragic scene of an awful tragedy. At Monday’s news conference, Shawn Reilly from Waukesha was clear that the parade had turned into a disaster.
Gov. Tony Evers directed that the flags should be flown at 50% on Mondays and the day of funerals. Evers told Kathy that he was praying for Waukesha tonight, as well as all those affected by the senseless act. The city…