“We are convinced he acted alone,” Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said at a news conference. “There is no evidence that it is a terrorist incident.”
Brooks faces five charges of premeditated murder, and more charges are possible, Thompson said.
The boss said no motive is known. Brooks was involved in a domestic unrest earlier Sunday and left that scene just before driving his SUV through the parade, Thompson said.
Police officers tried to engage Brooks as he approached the parade in his SUV, but Brooks drove through barricades.
“As the suspect drove through and into the crowd, an officer fired his firearm and fired shots at the suspect to stop the threat, but due to the crowd of people he had to stop, stop and shoot – not fire other additional shots” said Thompson.
Brooks was not injured in the incident.
Brooks was out on bond before the crash, says DA
Brooks had been released on $ 1,000 bail earlier this month, according to court records and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, which said in a statement released Monday that the bail had been set “inappropriately low.”
Brooks provided bail on Nov. 11 in connection with charges, including domestic abuse. The charges stemmed from an incident on Nov. 2 in which Brooks is accused of driving over a woman with her car while walking through a gas station parking lot, according to a criminal complaint.
“Officers observed tire tracks on her left trouser leg,” the criminal complaint read.
Prosecutors filed five charges related to the incident, including: obstruction of an officer; second-degree ruthless security hazard with assessments of domestic abuse; restless behavior with assessments of domestic abuse; and misdemeanor battery with assessments of domestic abuse.
Brooks was also charged with bail jumping because he was already out on bail following an incident on July 24, 2020, according to court documents.
In a statement, the Milwaukee DA’s office now says they should not have recommended such a low bail for Brooks and has launched an internal review of the decision.
“The State’s recommendation for bail in this case was inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges and the pending charges against Mr. Brooks,” the office said in a statement. “The bail recommendation in this case is inconsistent with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office’s approach to cases involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the defendant’s risk assessment prior to determining bail.”
CNN contacted Brooks’ lawyer from the incident in 2020 and earlier November 2021 about the DA statement, but has not yet received a response.
With the incident in 2020, Brooks is accused of firing a gun during a brawl, according to a charge sheet. While arresting Brooks, authorities say they found a stolen gun and three “multicolored pills” that later tested “presumably positive” for methamphetamine.
Brooks was charged with two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment while using a dangerous weapon, and one count of possession of a firearm by a criminal.
Bail had originally been set at $ 10,000 in that case, but because Brooks had requested a speedy jury trial that could not be met, bail was reduced to $ 500. Brooks was released on bail in that case on Feb. 21, according to the district attorney’s office.
Brooks also has an outstanding arrest warrant in Nevada in an unrelated case for which he was arrested and allegedly escaped bail. CNN has contacted a former Brooks lawyer without answer.
Authorities in Nevada issued an active order on August 15, 2016, to skip bail, according to Sara Johns, a spokeswoman for the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department. Johns said detectives later determined Brooks was in Wisconsin; “The detectives, however, had no solid information about Brooks’ exact location.”