Waukesha Christmas Parade: Death Tolls Climbs After SUV Plows Into Crowd

Police have a ‘person of interest' in custody

An SUV plowed through police lines and hit more than 20 people at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The incident was captured by cell phone footage as well as the city’s livestream of the event.

The city, approximately 55 miles from Kenosha, Wisconsin, was celebrating its annual Christmas celebration featuring a parade with cheerleaders and a marching band.

“What took place in Waukesha today is sickening, and I have every confidence that those responsible will be brought to justice,” said Attorney General Josh Kaul on Twitter.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson did not give a specific number of victims but confirmed the car had been taken into police custody. He added that after the car broke the barrier, one police officer fired at the vehicle but it is not known if the driver was hit. Gunshots were heard in the recordings of the incident.

The red SUV hit members of the marching band before speeding away. Intense panic followed as the crowd screamed and rushed from the sidewalks.

Witnesses reported the driver of the SUV fired gunshots as they left a trail of destruction,” per The New York Post.

At least 11 adults and 12 children were transported to the hospital from the scene, according to a statement from Fire Chief Steven Howard.

Police have taken 39-year-old Darrell Brooks Jr. after an ID with his name inside the red Ford Escape believed to be the vehicle involved.

Brooks and his car were identified online in a music video on his YouTube channel, where he performs under the name MathBoi Fly. Records indicate Brooks was arrested on Nov. 2 and posted bond on Nov. 11.

“Brooks’ exact alleged connection to the parade incident is not known. Authorities have not released the names of any suspects,” reports Heavy.com. “The police chief said in a late-night news conference that police have a ‘person of interest.’ He did not name that person. Brooks is not listed in the Waukesha County Jail database.”

By the evening of Nov. 22, the City of Waukesha confirmed that five people had died and at least 40 were injured.

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5 responses to “Waukesha Christmas Parade: Death Tolls Climbs After SUV Plows Into Crowd”

  1. Saurfang says:

    Really running away from a stabbing in a car that has locks. What did he commit the stabbing

  2. Ninjarex1 says:

    I guess we need to ban automatic vehicles so this kind of thing doesn’t happen again

  3. Se350 says:

    I live in Waukesha, I was not at the parade but my niece and sister-in-law were marching with their girl scout troop. Police shot at the vehicle right in front of them, the suspect did not fire from the vehicle. It is believed according to people that listen to the local police scanner that the suspect was fleeing the scene of a stabing at Frame park in Waukesha just before he ran over people in the parade. My family is ok but many are not, please keep the families of the deceased and all the injured in your prayers.

  4. DrVinnyBoombatz says:

    Why do you need an official connection to terrorism to be a terrorist? ISIS and Al-Qaeda showed you can create and spread an ideology and get people to behave as terrorists without any formal affiliation.

    If you commit an act of terror… you are a terrorist.

  5. wescom says:

    Well thank God CNN has already reported “While early in the investigation, there is no known connection to international or domestic terrorism”

    I guess that makes it so much better? They also assured us that the mean police man that fired his gun didn’t injure any body. “A Waukesha police officer opened fire to try to stop the driver, and no bystanders were struck by the officer’s gunfire,”

    It’s also a blessing the former vice president didn’t refer to the suspect as a black supremacist (or even denounce the act for that matter.) That might influence potential jurors.