U.S. investigators say Monday that five homicides will be charged against a motorist accused of rushing to a Christmas parade in Wisconsin on Sunday.
“According to our information, the suspect was involved in a family dispute a few minutes ago” and “there is no evidence that this was an act of terrorism,” said Daniel Thompson, police chief in Waukesha. 72,000 people east of Milwaukee, the state’s largest metropolis.
The driver, Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, who lives in Milwaukee, drove his SUV through the crowd, killing at least five people and injuring 48, police and health officials said.
Of the injured, 18 minors aged 3 to 16 were taken to Milwaukee Children’s Hospital. Ten are in the intensive care unit and six are in critical condition.
According to court documents, Darrell Brooks Jr. was already charged with endangering others in 2020 and was later charged in the November 5 episode of domestic violence.
He was later released on $ 1,000 bail, after a Milwaukee district attorney admitted in a statement that the charges against him were “indecently inferior”.
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