U.S. prosecutors said that on Sunday, an SUV drove into the Christmas parade, resulting in the death of a sixth person, and there are more charges pending.
Prosecutors in the US state of Wisconsin charged a man with intentional homicide who killed five people while driving an SUV to participate in a Christmas parade on Sunday.
Darrell Brooks Jr was charged on Tuesday with five counts of intentional homicide related to the Waukesha incident in a suburb of Milwaukee, which killed 5 people and injured dozens of others over the weekend.
The prosecutor also said that the sixth person, a child, has died, and more charges are pending.
At 4:39 pm (22:39 GMT) on Sunday in Wakosha, about 32 kilometers (20 miles) west of Milwaukee, the city’s live video and bystander videos captured the chaotic scene because The SUV galloped along the parade route and then entered the crowd.
Waukesha Mayor Sean Reilly described the incident as a “terrible tragedy” and told reporters that it turned the decades-old Christmas parade tradition into a “nightmare.”
“Last night, that parade turned into a nightmare. Last night, many people were seriously injured. Last night, we were killed in a celebration that was supposed to be held… We experienced a terrible tragedy. We have too much Healing needs to be done,” Reilly said earlier this week.
Authorities said at least 62 people were injured in the incident, including many children, and several others are in critical condition.
On Monday, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said that officials had no evidence that the incident was a “terrorist attack.” Thompson told reporters that the suspect “deliberately drove his maroon SUV through the roadblock and crashed into the crowd.”
“We have news that the suspect was involved in a domestic disturbance before the incident-just a few minutes ago-the suspect left the scene before we reached the domestic disturbance.”
Brooks appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday. He could be heard crying during the proceedings, his head almost resting on his knees, his lawyer put one hand on his back.
According to the criminal proceedings, witnesses told the police that the car “seems to be deliberately moving left and right” and did not attempt to slow down or stop because it hit multiple people, causing dead bodies and objects to fly.
The complaint stated that a policeman fired at the vehicle and hit them three times in a row. A detective walked up to Brooks’ car, slammed the hood and called “stop” several times, but Brooks drove past him. The complaint alleges that the detective was wearing a police badge and a neon orange safety vest.
In early November, Brooks received $1,000 in bail in a case in Milwaukee County. He was accused of deliberately hitting a woman with a car. Prosecutors said they are investigating their bail proposal in the case, calling it “too low.”
Since 1999, Brooks has been charged with more than a dozen crimes, and he had two outstanding cases when the parade disaster occurred. This includes resisting or obstructing police officers, reckless harm, misconduct, skipping bail and assault.
Brooks faced first-degree intentional homicide charges for Sunday’s incident and was sentenced to life imprisonment-the most severe punishment in Wisconsin.
On Monday night, hundreds of people gathered in a downtown park in Waukesha to hold a candlelight vigil to commemorate those who were lost and injured.
A pair of priests solemnly read the name of the deceased. Volunteers distributed sandwiches, hot chocolate and candles during the vigil, and inter-religious leaders and elected officials participated in the vigil.
“We are parents. We are neighbors. We are hurt. We are angry. We are all sad. We are confused. We are grateful. We share the same honor and disgrace. We are Waukesha Strong,” Amanda Medina of Waukesha School District · Roddy (Amanda Medina Roddy) said in tears.