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La Jornada newspaper
Tuesday, November 23, 2021, p. 3. 4
Waukesha. Darrell Brooks, the driver of a pickup truck that hit a Christmas parade in the Milwaukee suburbs last night, killing at least five people and injuring 40, was involved in a domestic fight minutes before the incident, local police chief Dan said yesterday. Thompson, who added that there is no evidence that it was a terrorist attack.
Thompson said there is no evidence that Brooks met anyone at the parade. The suspect acted alone and the motive is still under investigation, according to the police chief.
Authorities intend to press five counts of intentional homicide against 39-year-old Darrell Brooks. The deceased are four women between 52 and 79 years old, and a man 81.
Earlier, Waukesha hospital officials reported that several children were among the injured. At least six of them are in critical condition.
Thompson added that the officers were not pursuing the individual when he advanced against the parade. An officer shot him in an attempt to stop him, but gave up for fear that the bullets would hit innocents. The driver of the truck was not injured.
On Sunday, the joyous scene of bands and children dancing in Santa Claus hats and waving pompoms turned deadly in an instant, as the vehicle ran over barricades and rammed dancers, musicians and attendees.
In a video a woman yells My God! over and over after the Ford Escape truck ran over a group of dancers. A father spoke of going from one twisted body to another in search of his daughter. Among the dead were members of the Abuelitas Bailarinas club.
The event was recorded by the broadcast of the city and the cell phones of the spectators. A video shows the moment when the vehicle makes its way through the barricades and the sound of what seems to be several shots.
Brooks has two criminal cases pending in Mil-waukee County. In one, dated November 5, he is accused of resisting an officer, endangering another person, disturbing public order, evading a court hearing and assault. According to records, he posted a $ 1,000 bond on Nov. 19.
In another case, from July 2020, Brooks is charged with endangering another person and illegal possession of a weapon.
In the most recent case, the suspect’s ex-girlfriend explained to police that Brooks deliberately hit her with his vehicle in a gas station parking lot after an argument. She had to be hospitalized for the injuries.