Tragedy struck the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin Sunday night when a red SUV ran in to a crowd of parade goers, killing 5 aqnd injuring dozens of others. The driver, who has now been identified as Darrell Brooks Jr. ran in to parade participants known as the “dancing grannies” as well as a children’s dance group before veering off in to the crowd of spectators.
CHILLING VIDEO: These images show the moment a driver in an SUV plowed through the Waukesha Christmas Parade this afternoon. At least 20 people have been injured. We're waiting on more updates. Here's what we know: https://t.co/4tVqtt7Uya pic.twitter.com/EAjT1HYfUC
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This morning, after internet sleuths uncovered his identity, it was revealed that Darrell Brooks Jr., the man accused of driving the SUV into dozens of innocent people last night in Waukesha, WI. Brooks Jr. was released from jail on a $1,000 bond only two days ago.
Brooks Jr. has a violent criminal history, including sexual assault against a minor. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, Brooks Jr. has been charged three times in less than two years with recklessly endangering the safety of others, most recently on Nov. 5 as part of a domestic abuse incident for which he was also charged with resisting or obstructing an officer.
In the case this month, a woman told police Brooks purposefully ran her “over with his vehicle” while she was walking through a gas station parking lot after he had followed her there after a fight, according to the criminal complaint. The woman was hospitalized for her injuries, court records show.
Brooks posted a $1,000 bond on Nov. 11 in the most recent incident and was released from Milwaukee County Jail on Nov. 16, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office. He also was charged in July 2020 with two felony counts of second-degree recklessly endangering the safety of others using a dangerous weapon. Both cases are ongoing.
Now, the 39-yer-old Brooks has been charged with multiple counts of homicide for driving through the parade crowd. According to police, the stand-up citizen, Darrell Brooks, was fleeing the scene of an earlier domestic abuse crime.
Authorities will charge a 39-year-old man with multiple counts of homicide for driving into a crowded Christmas parade in Wisconsin, killing five, as he fled the scene of an earlier domestic disturbance, police said https://t.co/1o9tCucxzS pic.twitter.com/kC5OtSaWA7
— Reuters (@Reuters) November 22, 2021
An 81-year-old man, Wilhelm Hospel, and a 79-year-old woman, Virginia Sorenson, were among the five killed, police said at a news conference. The other victims were 71-year-old LeAnna Owen, 52-year-old Tamara Durand, and 52-year-old Jane Kulich.
The suspect, 39-year-old Darrell Brooks, is charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, police said. More charges are possible, police said. He’s set to make his first court appearance on Tuesday.
The suspect was involved in a domestic disturbance minutes before the deadly crash, police said.
Besides the five killed, 48 were hurt when the suspect “intentionally drove his maroon SUV through barricades into a crowd of people,” police said.