Waukesha parade controlled: Death toll now 6 after 8-year-old boy dies, suspect charged – National

An 8-year-old boy became the sixth person to die Tuesday as a result of a man driving his SUV into a suburban Milwaukee Christmas parade, with a criminal complaint alleging that the suspect in the case steered side by side with that intent . of striking marchers and spectators.

Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, was charged with five counts of first-degree premeditated murder, a charge that carries a mandatory life sentence if convicted. He rocked back and forth in his seat and cried throughout his court hearing Tuesday with his lawyer’s arm on his back as the charges against him were detailed. His bail was set at $ 5 million, and an initial hearing was scheduled for Jan. 14.

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“The map of this offense is shocking,” said Waukesha Court Commissioner Kevin Costello.

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Additional charges related to the sixth death and the more than 60 injured people will come later this week or next week, Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper said. The criminal complaint said 62 people were injured, up from the 48 previously announced by police.

Brooks is accused of speeding away from police and entering the Waukesha Christmas parade Sunday night and refusing to stop, even when an officer knocked on the bonnet of his SUV. Another officer fired three shots into the vehicle, but it did not stop.

Five people aged 52 to 81 were declared dead within hours. Jackson Sparks, 8, was the first and only of the many injured children who died. He joined the parade along with his 12-year-old brother Tucker, who was injured in the crash and was about to be discharged from the hospital, according to his GoFundMe page.


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“This afternoon, our dear Jackson has unfortunately succumbed to his injuries and has passed away,” wrote the site’s organizer, Alyssa Albro.

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The city’s livestream video and spectator video captured the chaotic scene as an SUV drove along the parade route and then into the crowd. Several of the injured are still in critical condition.

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses told police that the vehicle “appeared to be moving intentionally from side to side”, with no attempt to brake or stop as it hit several people and sent corpses and objects flying.

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Brooks ignored several attempts to stop him, according to the criminal complaint.

A detective _ wearing police insignia and a neon orange safety vest _ stepped in front of Brooks’ vehicle and knocked on the bonnet, shouting “Stop” several times, but Brooks drove past him, according to the complaint.

A uniformed police officer who saw Brooks’ SUV driving toward the parade route also tried to get his attention, shouting “Stop, stop the vehicle” several times, but was ignored according to the complaint. The officer “observed that the driver was looking straight ahead, directly at him, and it appeared that he had no feelings on his face,” the complaint said.

Brooks slowed down at one point, but instead of turning away from the parade route, he turned into the crowd and appeared to be accelerating rapidly, the complaint said.

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Another police officer fired at the vehicle and hit it three times as it entered the parade route. Brooks was not hit by the bullets, Waukesha police chief said Monday.

The complaint said a witness who spoke to police said the SUV “continued to drive in a zig-zag motion. It was as if the SUV was trying to avoid vehicles, not people. No action was taken. any attempt by the vehicle to stop, much less slow down. “

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said Brooks left the scene of a domestic dispute that had taken place a few minutes earlier as he drove onto the parade route.

He had been released on $ 1,000 bail for a case in Milwaukee County earlier in November in which he is accused of intentionally beating a woman with his car. Prosecutors said they are investigating their bail recommendation in that case, calling it inappropriate low.

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Brooks has been charged with crimes more than a dozen times since 1999, mostly in Wisconsin, but also in Georgia and Nevada, and had two outstanding cases against him at the time of the parade disaster. It included resisting or obstructing an officer, ruthless danger, restless behavior, bail jump and battery for the November 2 incident.


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Thompson said there was no evidence that the bloodshed on Sunday was a terrorist attack or that Brooks knew anyone in the parade. Brooks acted alone, the boss said.

NBC News published doorbell camera footage that appeared to capture Brooks’ arrest. It showed Brooks shaking in just a T-shirt, knocking on a homeowner’s door and asking for help calling for a ride. Moments later, police surrounded the house, shouting, “Hands up!” Brooks, standing on the porch, held out his hands and said, “Wow whoa whoa!”

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Hundreds gathered in a downtown park Monday night in Waukesha, Wisconsin, for a candle guard in honor of the lost and wounded. A couple of priests solemnly read the names of the dead. Volunteers handed out sandwiches, hot chocolate and candles out by the guard, where interfaith leaders and elected officials attended.

“We are parents. We are neighbors. We are in pain. We are angry. We are sad. We are confused. We are grateful. We are all in this. We are Waukesha Strong,” said a tearful Amanda Medina Roddy from Waukesha School District.

Mayor Shawn Reilly described the parade as a “Norman Rockwell-type” event that “became a nightmare.”

– Bauer reported from Madison, Wisconsin. Associated Press writer Doug Glass contributed from Minneapolis.

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