Wisconsin parade news – latest: Darrell Brooks ‘wanted to hit as many people as possible’ in Waukesha attack

Darrell Brooks was trying to strike “as many people as possible” when raced his car through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, authorities said in a criminal complaint.

The complaint filed on Tuesday describes Mr Brooks as having “no emotion” when he drove down the parade route, killing six people and wounding at least 47 others. Moments earlier, he was said to have fled from police responding to a call about a domestic dispute between him and another person.

Prosecutors plan to charge the 39-year-old with six counts of first-degree intentional homicide. He is being held on $5m bail.

More than $1.5m has been raised to support victims of the attack and their families. The six people killed are: Tamara Durand, Jane Kulich, Wilhelm Hospel, Leanna Owen, Virginia “Ginny” Sorenson, and Jackson Sparks.

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Key Points

  • How a ‘Norman Rockwell-type’ Christmas parade turned into ‘senseless tragedy’

  • Everything we know about suspect Darrell Brooks

  • Video shows suspect going for sandwich moments after crashing car into parade

  • New details about Waukesha attack emerge in criminal complaint

  • Wisconsin lawmakers push for bail reform

WATCH: Brooks on doorbell camera moments after attack

01:07 , Graeme Massie

ICYMI: Doorbell camera footage shows Mr Brooks outside a home moments after he made his deadly drive through the Christmas parade.

Homeowner Daniel Rider said Mr Brooks arrived on his front porch and said he was waiting for a ride.

“I called an Uber and I’m supposed to be waiting for it over here, but I don’t know when it’s coming,” Mr Brooks allegedly said. “Can you call it for me please? I’m homeless.”

Mr Rider said he invited the man inside, offered him a sandwich and his phone so that he could call his mother.

Minutes later, police arrived to arrest Mr Brooks.

The Independent’s Gino Spocchia reports:

Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks caught on camera after parade tragedy

Mother of Darrell Brooks regrets bailing him out

00:40 , Graeme Massie

The mother of the man charged with mowing down and killing people at the Wisconsin Christmas parade regrets bailing him out earlier this month, his ex-girlfriend told The New York Post.

Dawn Woods wishes she had not posted the $1,000 bond after Darrell Brooks was accused of punching the mother of his child and striking her with his car on 2 November.

“She’s wrecked that people were killed as a result and she’s like, ‘I’m blaming myself, because had I not bailed him out, this wouldn’t have happened,’” the ex, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear for her safety, told the newspaper.

Six people died when Mr Brooks allegedly plowed into the parade on Sunday, and he faces life in prison if convicted.

What we know about Brooks

00:04 , Graeme Massie

ICYMI: Darrell Edward Brooks Jr, 39, was identified by police as the man who drove his car down the Waukesha Christmas parade route on Sunday, killing six people and wounding dozens more.

Mr Brooks had only been out on bail for two days after being arrested on 5 November on charges of domestic abuse, resisting an officer, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct and felony bail jumping.

On social media, Mr Brooks promoted his hip-hop career under the name MathBoi Fly.

The Independent’s Joe Sommerlad explains what we know about the suspect so far:

What we know about Waukesha Christmas parade attack suspect

Husband of victim says she had undiagnosed uterine cancer

23:01 , Graeme Massie

Jane Kulkich, a mother-of-three, was one of the six people killed when Darrell Brooks mowed down the crowd at the Wisconsin Christmas parade on Sunday.

“I was happy to hear that I could at least give my children the thought that maybe a lot of suffering was avoided,” John Kulich told CBS Mornings.

“At least give my children the thought that, well, maybe God took her so she didn’t have to suffer. And if I could just leave them with that.”

ICYMI: DA’s past comments on reforms draw scrutiny

22:30 , Megan Sheets

A Wisconsin district attorney acknowledged that his justice reforms could lead to freed criminals killing others more than a decade before a man his office released on bail mowed down dozens of people at a Christmas parade in Waukesha.

John Chisholm began enacting reforms – including the lowering of cash bonds and diverting non-violent offenders to treatment programs – when he was elected as Milwaukee County District Attorney in 2007.

Explaining his efforts to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that same year, Mr Chisholm acknowledged the possibility of adverse consequences.

“Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into a treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody? You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen,” he said.

“It does not invalidate the overall approach.”

Mr Chisholm’s comments were drawn back into the spotlight this week after Darrell Brooks, a felon with a rap sheet dating back to 1999, was accused of killing five people and wounding 48 others by driving his car into Waukesha’s Christmas parade.

The Independent’s Megan Sheets reports:

DA admitted danger of reforms years before Waukesha parade

Parade victim’s organs may be donated to survivors

22:00 , Megan Sheets

Mother-of-three Jane Kulich was among the six people killed in Sunday’s parade attack.

Now, her organs could be donated to those injured in the same incident, her sister-in-law Shawn Kulich told People.

“God works in mysterious ways,” Shawn Kulich said. “My brother and his children were so thrilled to learn this news. Some tears from this tragedy have been turned into tears of joy now!!!! I know Jane is smiling for this!”

More than 45 people were injured in the attack, including at least 17 children.

United for Waukesha Community Fund receives 6,300 donations from 12 countries in three days

21:30 , Megan Sheets

Over the past three days, the United for Waukesha Community Fund has received 6,300 donations from 12 different countries.

Organiser of the fundraiser, led by United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and the Waukesha County Community Foundation, announced the impressive numbers on Wednesday but did not say the total amount of money raised to date.

The first round of funding will go to the families of people killed, with a committee set to determine how the rest of the money is allocated.

Waukesha County Community Foundation President Shelli Marquardt said: “Waukesha is a big, little city and we are about one degree of separation away from anyone who was at the parade or who knows someone that was impacted by this.”

Donations can be made here.

Prior charges against Brooks

21:00 , Megan Sheets

Prosecutors say they intend to file five charges against Mr Brooks for first-degree intentional homicide in the parade attack.

He was already facing charges from two other incidents in Wisconsin, including:

• Second-degree recklessly endangering safety with domestic abuse assessments

• Disorderly conduct with domestic abuse assessments

• Felony bail jumping

Brooks showed “no emotion” behind the wheel

17:30 , Megan Sheets

A police officer quoted in the criminal complaint against Mr Brooks described him as showing “no emotion” when he drove his car onto the parade route.

Officer Butryn, who was directing traffic along the route, said he heard the tires on Mr Brooks’ SUV screech as it abruptly accelerated into the crowd of parade-goers.

“At this point, it was clear to Officer Butryn that this was an intentional act to strike and hurt as many people as possible,” the complaint states.

New details about crash emerge in criminal complaint

17:00 , Megan Sheets

New details about the horror crash at Waukesha’s Christmas parade emerged in a criminal complaint filed against Darrell Brooks on Tuesday.

The complaint describes how Mr Brooks fled in his vehicle when officers arrived on a call about a domestic dispute near the parade route.

He then proceeded to ignore officers’ orders to stop and made his way toward the parade.

Once on the route, witnesses said Mr Brooks appeared to be swerving to avoid cars, not people, while traveling at a high speed.

The full complaint is available here.

NFL star JJ Watt to cover funeral costs: report

16:30 , Megan Sheets

NFL star and Waukesha native JJ Watt has reportedly offered to cover the cost of funerals for victims of the Christmas parade crash.

The act of kindness was reported by journalist Cory Jennerjohn on Tuesday but has yet to be publicly confirmed by Mr Watt or his foundation.

Mr Watt, a defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals, reacted to the tragedy in a tweet on Sunday:

Fundraisers for victims bring in more than $1.5m

16:03 , Megan Sheets

More than two dozen fundraisers set up to support victims of the parade crash and their families have collected more than $1.5m in donations since the attack.

Below are links to some of the fundraisers:

United for Waukesha Community Fund

Waukesha South High School Band GoFundMe

Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team GoFundMe

Jessalyn Kohnke Family GoFundMe

Jackson and Tucker Sparks Family GoFundMe

Perales Family GoFundMe

Kenzie Hollingsworth Family GoFundMe

Virginia Sorenson Family GoFundMe

Jane Kulich Family Fundraiser

The full list of GoFundMe campaigns surrounding the parade is available here.

Who are the Waukesha parade victims?

15:24 , Megan Sheets

Six people have died in the wake of Sunday’s tragic parade crash. They are:

Tamara Durand - 52

Ms Durand was a member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies who worked as a hospice and critical care chaplain.

She is survived by her husband, nine children and four grandchildren.

Jane Kulich - 52

Ms Kulich was a mother, grandmother and server at Dave’s Family Restaurant in Waukesha.

She was marching on behalf of Citizens Bank when she was killed.

Wilhelm Hospel - 81

Mr Hospel was at the parade as a volunteer for the Dancing Grannies, as his wife is on the team.

He is survived by his wife, son and three brothers.

Leanna Owen - 71

Ms Owen was a manager at the Packard Glen Apartments as well as a member of the Dancing Grannies.

“This was one of her passions that she truly loved,” the property’s owner told CNN. “She was so proud to be part of this group and lit up when she talked about it.”

Virginia “Ginny” Sorenson - 79

Ms Sorenson was the leader of the Dancing Grannies and a retired nurse. She is survived by her husband.

“Everyone who knew Ginny knows she had a special soul, one that radiated with love,” family members wrote on a GoFundMe page.

Jackson Sparks - 8

Jackson died on Tuesday afternoon after he and his 12-year-old brother Tucker were critically injured in the crash.

Wisconsin lawmakers push for bail reform after Waukesha attack

14:45 , Megan Sheets

The deadly Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, has sparked a fresh push for bail reform after it was revealed suspect Darrell Brooks was released on $1,000 bail just days before the attack.

Court records revealed Mr Brooks has a lengthy rap sheet dating back to 1999 and was charged with recklessly endangering the safety of others three times in less than two years. The most recent charges came on 5 November, when he allegedly tried to run over the mother of his child with his car.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office recommended a bail of $1,000, which he posted just two days before the parade.

Several Wisconsin lawmakers expressed outrage at the DA’s decision, saying a higher bail could have prevented the loss of life on Sunday.

State Rep Cindi Duchow, a Republican from the town of Delafield, on Tuesday reintroduced a constitutional amendment that would allow judges to consider the danger a defendant poses to the community when setting bail.

The Independent’s Megan Sheets reports:

Wisconsin lawmakers push for bail reform after deadly Waukesha parade

CWCC urges residents to return to the parade theme of ‘Comfort and Joy’

13:33 , Charlene Rodrigues

The City of Waukesha Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) is urging its residents to turn back to the parade theme of ‘Comfort and Joy.’

“Though it’s easy to turn towards anger, we encourage everyone to turn back to the parade theme of Comfort and Joy, and find it however possible,” a statement read on its website.

Expressing their condolences to victims as well as their friends and families, CWCC said, “We are so thankful for all the first responders who came to aid those in need and those in the community who assisted with first aid.”

“We also want to acknowledge and thank the downtown businesses that offered material support and shelter while the police cleared the scene for safety.”

67 groups participated in the CWCC 2021 Christmas Parade Lineup

12:45 , Charlene Rodrigues

The City of Waukesha Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) has listed 67 other groups including the Dancing Grannies and Waukesha Xtreme Dance team in its 2021 Christmas Parade lineup.

Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team ask media to give them time and space as they try to heal

11:35 , Charlene Rodrigues

Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team has asked the media to respect their privacy by giving them time and space to process these tragic events.

In a Facebook post, Sandy Feller wrote on behalf of the group, “ We at Waukesha Xtreme Dance offer our gratitude for the tremendous support. Sunday was a traumatic nightmare for the children, their families, and our entire community.”

“Our dancers have a multitude of serious physical injuries. Of those, five dancers are currently in the ICU.”

Feller said the group is only beginning to understand the mental trauma.

“We need time to heal and understand. We ask that the media and those reaching out to please respect our privacy by giving us time and space to process these tragic events.”

Thanking everyone for their love and support, Feller asked people to keep praying for all the families impacted.

Feller also set up a GoFundme page for anyone wanting to help the victims.

ICYMI: Father reveals how he pushed daughter out of harm’s way in the eleventh hour

11:01 , Charlene Rodrigues

Thomas Kluka Jr, who was at the parade with his wife and teenage daughter and a friend on Sunday, said he saw the SUV coming towards him when he yelled for his family to move.

Gino Spocchia reports.

Father reveals how he pushed daughter out of harm’s way at Waukesha parade

ICYMI: Grandmother recalls horror of Waukesha attack

10:40 , Charlene Rodrigues

Tricia Tucker was attending the parade with her children, grandchildren, other friends and relatives on Sunday when the festive day turned to tragedy as a 39-year-old man with a long rap sheet allegedly plowed into the crowd.Sheila Flynn reports.

Grandmother recalls horror of Waukesha Christmas parade attack

Olivia, 8, was dancing for her team when she was hit at the Waukesha Christmas Parade, family say

09:54 , Charlene Rodrigues

Eight-year-old Olivia was dancing for her team when she was struck on Sunday during the Waukesha Christmas Parade, the Stover family wrote on a GoFundme fundraiser page.

“She is suffering from two different brain bleeds and multiple other injuries.”

“The Stover family will be incurring large medical costs associated with her care due to this tragic event.”

The Stover family said any donations will go a long way toward helping this special little girl and her family during this rough time.

Jackson Sparks, 8, becomes the first of many injured children to have died.

Fundraiser started by Sparks family raises more than US $ 313,000

09:16 , Charlene Rodrigues

A fundraiser started by the niece of Aaron and Sheri Sparks, who have been impacted by the horrific events at the Waukesha Christmas Parade, has raised more than $313,000 exceeding its initial goal of $20,000.

The Gofundme page was started by Alyssa Albro where she wrote, “The family is facing mounting medical expenses with two children receiving medical treatment, and time away from work.”

“Any donation, large or small, is so appreciated and will make a big difference to the Sparks family.”

“Aaron and Sheri are people of faith, so please continue to lift them and their boys in prayer. Even if you’re not able to give, please share their story.”

Albro later wrote an update thanking people for their support and prayers. “Tucker, by the grace of God is miraculously recovering from his injuries and will be being discharged home.

This afternoon, our dear Jackson has sadly succumbed to his injuries and passed away,” she wrote.

“The nature of this offence is shocking,” Waukesha Court Commissioner Kevin Costello

08:35 , Charlene Rodrigues

“The nature of this offence is shocking,” Waukesha Court Commissioner Kevin Costello, said at the hearing on Tuesday.

Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, a charge that carries a mandatory life sentence if convicted.

He rocked back and forth in his seat and cried throughout his court hearing on Tuesday, his attorney’s arm on his back, as the charges against him were detailed. His bail was set at $5 million, and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 14.

Additional charges related to the sixth death and the more than 60 people injured will be coming later this week or next, said Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper.

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 on Sunday night, refusing to stop even as an officer banged on the hood of his SUV. Another officer fired three shots into the vehicle, but it did not stop.

Additional reporting by AP

ICYMI:Everything we know about the Waukesha attack suspect

08:15 , Charlene Rodrigues

The man taken into custody after an SUV drove into a Christmas parade on Sunday night is 39-year-old Milwaukee local Darrell Edward Brooks Jr, say police.Joe Sommerlad has more in this report.

What we know about Waukesha Christmas parade attack suspect

Jackson Sparks, 8, becomes the first of many injured children to have died

07:55 , Charlene Rodrigues

8-year-old boy is the sixth person to die

07:35 , Charlene Rodrigues

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.

A criminal complaint alleges that the suspect in the case steered side-to-side with the intent of striking marchers and spectators.

Jackson Sparks, 8, was the first of many injured children to have died. He was walking in the parade with his 12-year-old brother Tucker, who was injured in the crash and was being discharged from the hospital, according to his GoFundMe page.

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

Additional reporting by AP

Affidavit: Brooks 'drove in zigzag' at Waukesha parade

07:01 , Stuti Mishra

An affidavit by the police against Darrell Brooks reveals more details into what investigators believe happened at the Waukesha Christmas parade which left six people, including a six-year-old, dead.

The document says a total of 62 people were left injured when Brooks drove his red SUV into the crowd gathered for the Christmas parade.

Brooks was initially driving at an approximate speed of 25 miles per hour, sticking to the north side of the road, according to the affidavit, before he began increasing the speed.

The car began “getting closer to parade spectators, and almost struck a small juvenile who was standing in one of the parking stalls on the north side of the road as its speed was increasing.”

“The vehicle then appeared to rapidly accelerate,” the document says, and “took an abrupt left turn into the crowd of parade participants.”

An eyewitness quoted in the complaint said that the SUV “continued to drive in a zig-zag motion,” adding that the car was trying to avoid other cars but not people.

Brooks did not make any attempt to stop or slow down his car even while hitting the people, as another witness added that it was “a direct intent to hit as many parade participants.

“This was an intentional act to strike and hurt as many people as possible,” mentions the affidavit.

The moment before Darrell Brooks was arrested

05:19 , Stuti Mishra

ICYMI: Darrell Brooks was reportedly filmed by a doorbell camera waiting for an Uber roughly 20 minutes after he drove his SUV into the parade route, killing five and injuring dozens more.

Mr Brooks, who was arrested not long after the footage was captured on Sunday, told the homeowner Daniel Rider: “I called an Uber and I’m supposed to be waiting for it over here, but I don’t know when it’s coming”.

He adds: “Can you call it for me please? I’m homeless.”

Mr Rider, according to NBC News, invited Mr Brooks inside his home, and made a sandwich for the suspect.

“All of a sudden, I look outside my street and I see a few cop cars drive by and I’m getting extra nervous,” Mr Rider said. “Then the next thing you know, you see the cops with lights on him saying, ‘hands in the air, hands in the air.’”

The Independent’s Gino Spocchia reports:

Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks caught on camera after parade tragedy

$1m raised to help victims’ medical and funeral costs

04:05 , Stuti Mishra

ICYMI: Around $1m has been raised in just two days to help victims of the Wisconsin Christmas parade tragedy.

The tight-knit Waukesha community sprang into action after Sunday’s Christmas parade tragedy which claimed five lives, organising fundraising events, prayer vigils and opening a makeshift resource centre for the victims.

By Tuesday afternoon about $750,000 has been donated to GoFundMe pages set up by friends and family of the victims, while community and business fundraising efforts have collected another $200,000.

With hospital bills piling up, families have been forced to try to raise awareness and money for their loved ones, many of whom are facing months in hospital.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley reports:

Waukesha parade tragedy: Nearly $1m raised to help with medical costs for the injured

Waukesha cops launch fundraiser with stuffed animal K9s

03:35 , Stuti Mishra

ICYMI: The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department is raising money for victims of the Christmas parade attack by selling stuffed animals dressed like police K9s.

The plushie toys are available for $20 each with 100 per cent of all proceeds going toward the United for Waukesha Community Fund.

Darrell Brooks’ new mugshot released

03:02 , Graeme Massie

ICYMI: Police released a new mugshot for Darrell Brooks hours before he is set to appear in court.

The photo taken Tuesday morning shows Mr Brooks wide-eyed in a heavy, green jail-issued vest.

Darrell Brooks in a mugshot released Tuesday (via REUTERS)
Darrell Brooks in a mugshot released Tuesday (via REUTERS)

Milwaukee Brewers host fundraisers for parade victims

02:03 , Graeme Massie

ICYMI: The Milwaukee Brewers baseball team announced two fundraisers in honour of the Waukesha Christmas parade victims.

The first took place on Tuesday morning, where fans were invited to meet with top members of the team at the Colectivo Coffee shop in Milwaukee. Attendees were encouraged to donate to the Brewers Community Foundation, with the team’s president of baseball operations David Sterns promising to personally match the amount raised.

The second event, “Magic of Lights” is scheduled for 5pm CT on Wednesday. For ever car that attends, host American Family Insurance pledged a $10 donation with a cap of $10,000.

WATCH: Dancing girl narrowly misses SUV strike

01:06 , Graeme Massie

ICYMI: Harrowing video captured the moment a little girl narrowly avoided being struck by the SUV that barrelled down the Waukesha Christmas parade route on Sunday.

The youngster, dressed in pink snow gear, is seen dancing to a marching band a few feet from the sidewalk when the car passes inches behind her.

The crowd erupts in screams of terror as the car continues down the route before striking dozens of people.

The Independent’s Megan Sheets reports:

Dancing girl narrowly avoids being struck by car at Wisconsin parade

Darrell Brooks wears suicide prevention vest to court hearing

00:31 , Graeme Massie

Mr Brooks faces life imprisonment if convicted on the five intentional homicide charges he faces, with prosecutors expected to bring a sixth charge following the death of eight-year-old Jackson Sparks.

 (AP)
(AP)
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Wisconsin church confirms death of Jackson Sparks

00:01 , Graeme Massie

The eight-year-old became the sixth victim of the Wisconsin Christmas parade incident last Sunday.

“Aaron Sparks and Sheri Sparks would like to thank everyone for your prayers and amazing support during this difficult time,” said LifePoint Church in a Facebook post.

“They wanted to give an update to everyone as you are likely aware, Tucker (12) and Jackson ( Sparks were both seriously injured during the Waukesha Christmas Parade attack and have been in the ICU since.

“Tucker, by the grace of God is miraculously recovering from his injuries and will be being discharged home. This afternoon, our dear Jackson has sadly succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

“Please know that they appreciate your continued prayers and tremendous outpouring of support for their family. They do however ask for privacy at this time to allow Tucker to continue to heal physically and their family to heal and mourn the tremendous loss of their sweet little boy who is now under the care of Jesus.”

DA’s past comments on reforms draw scrutiny

Tuesday 23 November 2021 23:10 , Megan Sheets

A Wisconsin district attorney acknowledged that his justice reforms could lead to freed criminals killing others more than a decade before a man his office released on bail mowed down dozens of people at a Christmas parade in Waukesha.

John Chisholm began enacting reforms – including the lowering of cash bonds and diverting non-violent offenders to treatment programs – when he was elected as Milwaukee County District Attorney in 2007.

Explaining his efforts to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that same year, Mr Chisholm acknowledged the possibility of adverse consequences.

“Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into a treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody? You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen,” he said.

“It does not invalidate the overall approach.”

Mr Chisholm’s comments were drawn back into the spotlight this week after Darrell Brooks, a felon with a rap sheet dating back to 1999, was accused of killing five people and wounding 48 others by driving his car into Waukesha’s Christmas parade.

The Independent’s Megan Sheets reports:

DA admitted danger of reforms years before Waukesha parade

Eight-year-old Jackson Sparks confirmed as sixth victim

Tuesday 23 November 2021 22:39 , Megan Sheets

The sixth victim of the Waukesha parade attack has been confirmed as eight-year-old Jackson Sparks.

A GoFundMe for Jackson’s family confirmed the tragic news on Tuesday evening after prosecutors revealed the sixth death at Darrell Brooks’ court hearing.

Jackson’s brother Tucker, 12, was also seriously injured but is “miraculously recovering” and will be discharged soon, the fundraiser states.

Eight-year-old Jackson Sparks died of injuries sustained in the attack on Tuesday. He is pictured (front) with his brother Tucker, who was also injured (GoFundMe)
Eight-year-old Jackson Sparks died of injuries sustained in the attack on Tuesday. He is pictured (front) with his brother Tucker, who was also injured (GoFundMe)

Suspect’s bail is set at $5m

Tuesday 23 November 2021 22:29 , Megan Sheets

Darrell Brooks’ bail was set at $5m during Tuesday’s hearing.

The prosecution read off a string of the defendant’s prior convictions and his history of bail-jumping before requesting bail of $5m.

As he listened to the list, Mr Brooks hunched over staring at his cuffed wrists.

Prosecutors announce sixth death at court hearing

Tuesday 23 November 2021 22:15 , Megan Sheets

A sixth victim has died in the wake of the Waukesha parade crash, prosecutors said at Darrell Brooks’ hearing Tuesday.

Prosecutors said the sixth victim was a child, and they expect to bring a sixth count of first-degree intentional homicide as a result.

The Independent’s Oliver O’Connell reports:

Child becomes sixth person to die after Wisconsin parade attack

Darrell Brooks appears in court

Tuesday 23 November 2021 22:03 , Megan Sheets

Darrell Brooks entered the Waukesha County Court just after 4pm CT on Tuesday to face five charges of first-degree intentional homicide.

Dressed in a dark green jumpsuit a coronavirus mask, Mr Brooks is sitting next to his attorney in handcuffs.

The hearing is being livestreamed here.

 (Waukesha County Court)
(Waukesha County Court)

The Independent’s Graeme Massie reports:

Darrell Brooks charged as he appears in court over Waukesha parade attack

Waukesha County cops bring stuffed animals to victims in hospital

Tuesday 23 November 2021 21:50 , Megan Sheets

The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department stopped by the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on Tuesday to hand out stuffed animal K9s to kids injured in Sunday’s attack.

The plushies are available to purchase for $20 each, with 100 per cent of proceeds going to victims.

The hospital on Monday confirmed it had treated 18 minors injured during the parade.

Milwaukee Brewers fundraiser rakes in nearly $35,000

Tuesday 23 November 2021 21:05 , Megan Sheets

A fundraiser hosted by the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team brought in nearly $35,000 on Tuesday morning.

Attendees were given the opportunity to meet with top members of the team, with its president of baseball operations matching every donation.

The team is sponsoring a second fundraiser through the annual Magic of Lights festival beginning on Wednesday evening.

Illinois Democrat staffer ousted after linking Kyle Rittenhouse verdict to Waukesha tragedy

Tuesday 23 November 2021 20:30 , Megan Sheets

A staff member for the Democratic Party of DuPage County in Illinois was fired after posting a string of tweets linking the Waukesha parade tragedy to Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal.

“It was probably just self-defense #Wisconsin #KyleRittenhouse,” social media manager Mary Lemanski tweeted, according to the Chicago Tribune.

In other posts she wrote: “You reap what you sow, Wisconsin,” and “I’m sad. I’m sad anytime anyone dies. I just believe in Karma and this came around quick on the citizens of Wisconsin.”

Ms Lemanski’s Twitter account has since been deleted and the party said it had “severed ties” with her.

WATCH: Doorbell footage of Darrell Brooks’ arrest

Tuesday 23 November 2021 20:00 , Megan Sheets

Darrell Brooks’ arrest was captured by a doorbell camera at a home where he stopped after allegedly mowing down dozens of people at Waukesha’s Christmas parade on Sunday.

The footage shows Mr Brooks telling the homeowner he’s waiting for an Uber, minutes before cops arrive to take him into custody.

Fundraisers for Waukesha victims bring in thousands

Tuesday 23 November 2021 19:26 , Megan Sheets

Friends and families of the roughly 50 people, including many children, hit by an SUV that sped through a Christmas parade in a suburban Milwaukee downtown say they suffered life-threatening injuries, with some clinging to life.

Online fundraising pleas detail the extent of some of the injuries from the incident that has left five dead so far and 48 hurt.

The Associated Press reports:

'Needs a miracle': Fundraisers plead for Waukesha victims

Probe into Darrell Brooks’ release from jail days before crash

Tuesday 23 November 2021 18:30 , Megan Sheets

An investigation has been launched into how Darrell Brooks had been released from jail on “inappropriately low” bail just 10 days before he allegedly plowed his SUV into Waukesha’s Christmas parade, killing five and injuring 48.

Reports said Mr Brooks Jr had been charged three times in less than two years with recklessly endangering the safety of others, most recently on November 5.

That was part of a domestic abuse incident for which he was also charged with resisting or obstructing an officer, and had been released on bail of just $1,000.

On Monday, officials from the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office said they were investigating the bail recommendations from previous crimes said to involve Mr Brooks.

“The State’s bail recommendation in this case was inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges and the pending charges against Mr Brooks,” said the office of Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm.

The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe reports:

Darrell Brooks’ rap sheet dates back to 1999

Tuesday 23 November 2021 18:00 , Megan Sheets

Darrell Brooks’ extensive criminal record dating back to 1999 emerged following his arrest over the Christmas parade crash.

The 39-year-old has convictions for drug and firearm possession, strangulation, battery and resisting arrest, has been sentenced to two prison terms, and spent years on probation and under court supervision.

On 2 November, Mr Brooks was arrested on domestic violence charges after he allegedly tried to run over the mother of his child.

He was charged with recklessly endangering safety, felony bail jumping, battery, obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct.

Brooks posted the $1,000 bond and was released on 11 November.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley reports:

Suspect in Wisconsin Christmas parade attack identified as Darrell Brooks

Darrell Brooks to appear in court on five charges of first-degree intentional homicide

Tuesday 23 November 2021 17:00 , Megan Sheets

Darrell Brooks, the man accused of killing five people and injuring dozens more with his SUV at Waukesha’s Christmas parade, is set to appear in court at 4pm CT on Tuesday.

The Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office intends to bring five counts of first-degree intentional homicide against Mr Brooks, with additional charges possible down the road pending the ongoing investigation.

Mr Brooks’ arrest was filmed by a doorbell camera at a home where he’d allegedly stopped to eat a sandwich and call an Uber about 20 minutes after the crash.

How a ‘Norman Rockwell-type’ Christmas parade turned into ‘senseless tragedy’

Tuesday 23 November 2021 16:43 , Megan Sheets

Waukesha, Wisconsin, is in mourning and shock after five people were killed and dozens injured when a SUV ploughed into a Christmas parade, scattering crowds and sending people fleeing in horror.

Officials in the small city outside Milwaukee said the parade, a “Norman Rockwell-type event” that the city had proudly hosted for decades for both residents and visitors, was part of its very fabric.

Yet, this year’s celebrations turned into horror when, on Sunday, a speeding SUV was seen tearing down the road on which the parade was being held, and slamming into participants and onlookers.

The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe explains how the tragedy unfolded:

How a ‘Norman Rockwell-type’ Christmas parade turned into ‘senseless tragedy’

Parade-goers asked to pick up discarded items

Tuesday 23 November 2021 16:20 , Megan Sheets

Parade-goers who abandoned belongings when Waukesha’s Christmas celebration was thrown into chaos by a speeding SUV have been asked to pick up their lost items.

The city of Waukesha put out an announcement on Tuesday morning saying police are working to connect discarded items including wallets and keys with their owners.

Other items without identifying elements such as chairs and coolers are being stored at the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, where owners can retrieve them.

Parents of two brothers injured hoping for a ‘miracle’

Tuesday 23 November 2021 16:03 , Megan Sheets

The family of two brothers who suffered serious head injuries in the Waukesha Christmas parade attack say they are hoping for a miracle.

Tucker and Jackson Sparks are among three sets of siblings injured when a red SUV barrelled into marchers at the Christmas parade in Wisconsin.

Jackson, 8, underwent brain surgery on Sunday night at Children’s Wisconsin hospital and doctors were testing for brain function and brainstem activity on Monday.

“He needs a miracle,” the siblings’ cousin Alyssa Albro said in a GoFundMe page she has set up to help with the family’s mounting medical bills.

His older brother Tucker, 12, suffered a fractured skull and road rash but is expected to make a full recovery.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley reports:

Parents of two brothers injured in Waukesha Christmas parade hoping for a ‘miracle’

Pope Francis shares heartbreak for parade victims

Tuesday 23 November 2021 15:00 , Megan Sheets

Pope Francis shared his sympathy with victims of the Christmas parade crash on Tuesday, saying he is praying for “spiritual strength which triumphs over violence and overcomes evil with good”.

The Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, sent the telegram of condolences on behalf of Francis to the archbishop of Milwaukee, Monsignor Jerome Listecki, on Tuesday.

Pope Francis asked that those affected by the “tragic incident” know he is spiritually close to them, and called on “the Lord to bestow upon everyone the spiritual strength which triumphs over violence and overcomes evil with good”.

The Associated Press reports:

Pope after US Christmas parade crash: May good overcome evil

Dancing Grannies pay tribute to fallen members

Tuesday 23 November 2021 14:40 , Megan Sheets

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies have shared a touching tribute to members who were killed in the parade attack.

“Our hearts are heavy over the loss of our grannies and volunteer,” a Tuesday morning post in the group’s Facebook page read.

“Our injured grannies are in stable condition with one being released from the hospital Monday.

“The outpouring of prayers, messages and sentiments sent to the grannies over this devastating loss have touched us deeply. Many are asking how they can help. This FB page will be updated as we make arrangements to receive cards, donations and sentiments.

“Thank you all for your outpouring of love and kind words for the Dancing Grannies.”

Darrell Brooks caught by doorbell camera after parade tragedy

Tuesday 23 November 2021 14:20 , Megan Sheets

Darrell Brooks was reportedly filmed by a doorbell camera waiting for an Uber roughly 20 minutes after he drove his SUV into the parade route, killing five and injuring dozens more.

Mr Brooks, who was arrested not long after the footage was captured on Sunday, told the homeowner Daniel Rider: “I called an Uber and I’m supposed to be waiting for it over here, but I don’t know when it’s coming”.

He adds: “Can you call it for me please? I’m homeless.”

Mr Rider, according to NBC News, invited Mr Brooks inside his home, and made a sandwich for the suspect.

“All of a sudden, I look outside my street and I see a few cop cars drive by and I’m getting extra nervous,” Mr Rider said. “Then the next thing you know, you see the cops with lights on him saying, ‘hands in the air, hands in the air.’”

The Independent’s Gino Spocchia reports:

Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks caught on camera after parade tragedy

Darrell Brooks: Everything we know about the Waukesha attack suspect

Tuesday 23 November 2021 14:00 , Eleanor Sly

The man taken into custody after an SUV drove into a Christmas parade on Sunday night is 39-year-old Milwaukee local Darrell Edward Brooks Jr, say police.

Five people were killed and at least 48 more injured during the incident, in which a car barrelled into 20 cheerleaders, dancers and musicians at the 58th Annual Waukesha Holiday Parade.

Mr Brooks had only been out on bail for two days after being arrested on 5 November on charges of domestic abuse, resisting an officer, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct and felony bail jumping.

Joe Sommerlad has more:

What we know about Waukesha Christmas parade attack suspect

Waukesha Christmas parade: First pictures released of the victims named by police

Tuesday 23 November 2021 13:40 , Eleanor Sly

The five people who were killed in the brutal attack on a Wisconsin Christmas parade have been named by police.

During a press conference on Monday, officials confirmed that Virginia Sorenson, 79, LeAnna Owen, 71, Tamara Durand, 52, Jane Kulich, 52 and Wilhelm Hospel, 81, had died in the incident that took place on Sunday evening.

President Joe Biden addressed the parade tragedy in remarks from the White House on Monday afternoon.

Helen Elfer reports:

Waukesha Christmas parade: First pictures released of victims named by police

Fund launched for families ‘impacted by tragic incident'

Tuesday 23 November 2021 13:10 , Eleanor Sly

A fund has been launched to support those impacted by the “tragic incident” in Wisconsin on Sunday.

The “United for Waukesha Community Fund” has been launched by the Waukesha County Community Foundation and United Way.

They wrote on Twitter: “This fund will support the needs of the families impacted by tragic incident at the Christmas Parade.”

Video shows suspect going for sandwich moments after crashing car into parade

Tuesday 23 November 2021 12:33 , Eleanor Sly

A video captured by a doorbell camera seems to show Darrell Brooks, the suspect accused of driving through crowds at a festive parade in Wisconsin visiting a man’s house for a sandwich.

The footage was recorded just after he allegedly killed five people.

The clip was obtained by NBC News, and shows 39-year-old Brooks, knocking on the front door of resident Daniel Rider at his home.

The house is located a half-mile from the Waukesha Christmas parade route.

Brooks can be heard saying: “I called an Uber and I’m supposed to be waiting for it over here, but I don’t know when it’s coming... Can you call it for me please? I’m homeless.”

Mr Rider explained to NBC News he was watching football when he received a knock on his door and said that he was not aware of what had happened.

Mr Rider said he invited Brooks inside and let him use his phone. He also said that made the suspect a sandwich.

“All of a sudden, I look outside my street and I see a few cop cars drive by and I’m getting extra nervous,” said Mr Rider, who then asked Brooks to leave.

At the end of the video, Brooks can be seen being apprehended by police.

Waukesha: How a ‘Norman Rockwell-type’ Christmas parade turned into ‘senseless tragedy’

Tuesday 23 November 2021 11:39 , Eleanor Sly

A city in the American heartland is in mourning and shock after five people were killed and dozens injured, when a SUV ploughed into a Christmas parade, scattering crowds and sending people fleeing in horror.

Officials in Waukesha, Wisconsin, said the parade, a “Norman Rockwell-type event” that the city had proudly hosted for decades for both residents and visitors, was part of its very fabric.

Yet, this year’s celebrations turned into horror when, on Sunday, a speeding SUV was seen tearing down the road on which the parade was being held, and slamming into participants and onlookers.

Andrew Buncombe reports:

How a ‘Norman Rockwell-type’ Christmas parade turned into ‘senseless tragedy’

Kamala Harris tweets prayers to Waukesha community

Tuesday 23 November 2021 11:13 , Eleanor Sly

Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris tweeted her sympathies to both the families of the victims killed in Waukesha and to the “entire Waukesha community.”

She wrote on Twitter: “The violence that occurred last night in Waukesha, Wisconsin is heartbreaking.

“To the families who lost a loved one and the entire Waukesha community, please know that we are praying for you—and stand with you.”

The mayor of Milwaukee Tweeted his condolences

Tuesday 23 November 2021 10:31 , Eleanor Sly

Mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett, shared his condolences with Waukesha on Twitter.

He wrote: “Milwaukee shares its deepest condolences with our neighbors in Waukesha. Yesterday should have been a time of seasonal joy.

“Instead, we are all praying for the injured and mourning those who were killed.”

Who are the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies?

Tuesday 23 November 2021 10:07 , Eleanor Sly

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies club lost four of their members when a red SUV crashed into Christmas parade marchers and spectators in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Four out of the five people killed belonged to the group who were performing at the parade.

“Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade,” the group said in a statement Monday morning, according to the Associated Press. “Putting smiles on faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness.”

On Monday, police released the names of the members who were killed. They were Virginia Sorenson, 79, LeAnna Owen, 71, Tamara Durand, 52, and Wilhelm Hospel, 81.

Jane Kulich, 52, was also killed, although she was not a member of the club.

The Dancing Grannies perform in about 25 parades each year from Memorial Day to Christmas, according to its website. The group was originally formed in 1984.

President Biden offers condolences

Tuesday 23 November 2021 09:31 , Eleanor Sly

Speaking from the White House on Monday, President Joe Biden offered his prayers for Waukesha and called the events a “horrific act of violence.”

He said:“While we don’t have all the facts and details yet, we know this morning that five families in Waukesha are facing fresh grief of a life without a loved one.

“At least 40 Americans are suffering from injuries, some of them in critical condition, and an entire community is struggling, struggling to cope with the horrific act of violence.”

Waukesha parade attack: What we know about the victims, including three ‘Dancing Grannies’

Tuesday 23 November 2021 08:53 , Eleanor Sly

The five people killed by the driver who rammed into a Christmas parade at Waukesha city in Wisconsin on Sunday have been identified by police.

The victims were aged between 52 and 81 and three of them were affiliated with a dancing group for older women called the “Milwaukee Dancing Grannies”, Waukesha police chief Daniel Thompson said on Monday.

Virginia “Ginny” Sorenson, 79, LeAnna Owen, 71 and Tamara Durand, 52, were members of the dancing group, while 81-year-old Wilhelm Hospel, the fourth victim, was helping the group because his wife was a member.

What we know about the victims of the Waukesha parade attack

‘No evidence this is a terrorist incident’, says police Chief Daniel Thompson

Tuesday 23 November 2021 08:11 , Eleanor Sly

There is no evidence that the attack was an act of terrorism, police have disclosed.

According to police Chief Daniel Thompson, the police “are confident he acted alone.”

Mr Thompson added: “There is no evidence this is a terrorist incident.”

The driver of the SUV which crashed through the Wisconsin parade, has been identified as Darrell Brooks, 39, of Milwaukee,

Brookes is due to make his first court appearance on Tuesday afternoon, with police recommending five charges of intentional homicide.

It is thought that additional charges could then be filed when more is known about those who were injured.

Brooks was out on bail at the time of the incident, according to court records and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office.

‘I stopped to help one boy – his legs were buckled under him ... and he was just shaking’: Grandmother recalls horror of Waukesha attack

Tuesday 23 November 2021 07:34 , Eleanor Sly

The American flag was flying at half-mast on Monday in Waukesha, Wisconsin as shocked and crying locals waited at a favourite watering hole for a shuttle to take them to the vigil for victims mowed down a day earlier at the Milwaukee suburb’s annual Christmas parade.

The vigil was happening at a park about a half-mile away from The Destination, with mourners gathering nearer to the tragic scene where an SUV driver on Sunday killed five people and injured dozens more, including a group of “dancing grannies” and a high school band.

Tricia Tucker, 52, saw the whole disaster unfold; she lives in a condo building downtown in the Milwaukee suburb 25 minutes of the Wisconsin capital. The grandmother was attending the parade with her children, grandchildren, other friends and relatives on Sunday when the festive day turned to tragedy as a 39-year-old man with a long rap sheet allegedly plowed into the crowd.

Sheila Flynn has more:

Grandmother recalls horror of Waukesha Christmas parade attack

Wisconsin parade-crash suspect was in a domestic disturbance, says police chief

Tuesday 23 November 2021 06:53 , Stuti Mishra

The suspect who plowed his SUV into a Christmas parade in Waukesha was leaving the scene of a domestic dispute that had taken place just minutes earlier, the city police chief said on Monday.

The man identified as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks had a long history of criminal activities and has been charged with crimes 16 times since 1999.

However, police chief Dan Thompson earlier said there was no evidence the bloodshed on Sunday was a terrorist attack or that the suspect knew anyone in the parade.

He added that the suspect acted alone.

Brooks left the site of the domestic disturbance before officers arrived, and was not being chased by police at the time of the crash, according to the chief quoted by Associated Press, who gave no further details on the dispute.

Police said they were drawing up five charges of intentional homicide against Brooks.

On Sunday, the SUV that went on to kill people gathered for a joyous Christmas parade left 5 dead and over 40 injured. The victims were women aged between 52 to 79 and an 81-year-old man.

Additional reporting by AP

Crowd grows at candle light vigil in Waukesha

Tuesday 23 November 2021 06:10 , Stuti Mishra

The number of people attending the candlelight vigil in Waukesha increased later on Monday night amid freezing temperatures.

Video footage of the late-night vigil showed mourners gathered to honour the dead after an SUV ploughed into the Christmas parade, killing at least five people and injuring 40 more.

Watch: Father reveals how he pushed daughter out of harm’s way at final moment

Tuesday 23 November 2021 04:30 , Stuti Mishra

“I noticed him coming through the crowd and I noticed something was not right, and then I seen kind of like just people flying as I stood up,”, Mr Kluka Jr told TODAY. “I’m like ‘Oh no.’ My daughter stood up, I threw her out of the way, then I basically yelled, ‘Get out of the way,’ and my wife got out of the way”.

Watch the full video with Independent TV.

‘Dancing Grannies’ Facebook group devastated after the attack

Tuesday 23 November 2021 03:56 , Stuti Mishra

Multiple members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies were among the five killed in the Waukesha Christmas parade attack.

The members were Virginia Sorenson, 79, LeAnna Owen, 71, and Tamara Durand, 52. Wilhelm Hospel, 81 was also closely associated with the group.

The dance group, in a Facebook post after the incident, said it is “devastated” and those who died were “extremely passionate Grannies”.

“The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies are devastated by this terrible tragedy with of loss of life and injuries in the Waukesha Christmas parade,” the group wrote.

“Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade putting smiles on faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness. While performing the grannies enjoyed hearing the crowds cheers and applause which certainly brought smiles to their faces and warmed their hearts,” it added.

“Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes gleamed.....joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue....held us together. Our hearts are heavy at this most difficult time, as more information and updates become available it will be posted.”

“Please keep them their families, friends, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies and everyone who lives have forever changed in your thoughts and prayers.”

The Dancing Grannies describes itself on Facebook as a “group of grannies that meet once a week to practice routines for summer and winter parades.” They have been performing in parades since 1984.

Read more about the victims:

Waukesha Christmas parade: First pictures released of victims named by police

What happened at the Wisconsin Christmas parade?

Tuesday 23 November 2021 03:00 , Justin Vallejo

The Wisconsin city of Waukesha is in shock after a car ploughed into a Christmas parade at high speed at 4.39pm on Sunday, killing at least five people and injuring 40 more.

The red Ford Escape SUV was captured on video driving straight towards marching cheerleaders and band members at around 40mph, hitting around 20 people and causing the crowd that had assembled to enjoy the 58th Annual Waukesha Holiday Parade to disperse in panic.

Witnesses to the atrocity on Sunday described the car as having accelerated along the parade route and “going from side to side, targeting people”.

The Independent’s Joe Sommerlad writes what happened next.

What happened at the Waukesha Christmas parade?

Everything we know about suspect Darrell Brooks

Tuesday 23 November 2021 02:00 , Justin Vallejo

The suspect who is accused of plowing into a Christmas parade in Waukesha had been released on bail just a few days before the deadly attack, on charges of driving over an ex-partner.

Darrell Edward Brooks, 39, was taken into custody on Sunday night shortly after a red Ford Escape SUV drove into a the parade in the Wisconsin city, killing five and injuring 48 people, including 18 children aged 3 to 16.

According to criminal record searches, Mr Brooks was a longtime felon whose offending dated back to 1999. He has convictions for drug and firearm possession, strangulation, battery and resisting arrest, has been sentenced to two prison terms, and spent years on probation and under court supervision.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has the full background.

Suspect in Wisconsin Christmas parade attack identified as Darrell Brooks

Candlelight vigil held for victims

Tuesday 23 November 2021 00:06 , Justin Vallejo

Hundreds of people are gathering in Cutler Park to remember the victims of suspected attacker Darrell Brooks, who is alleged to have ploughed through a Christmas parade on Sunday.

Five were killed and more than 40 more injured.

How a ‘Norman Rockwell-type’ Christmas parade turned into ‘senseless tragedy’

Monday 22 November 2021 23:50 , Justin Vallejo

Officials in Waukesha, Wisconsin, said the parade, a “Norman Rockwell-type event” that the city had proudly hosted for decades for both residents and visitors, was part of its very fabric, writes The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe.

“With the state, and the nation, already on edge over the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, a proceeding that appears to have divided the nation, some commentators expressed a small degree of relief when police in Waukesha, 50 miles northwest of Kenosha, said they were not treating Sunday’s incident as terrorism.”

How a ‘Norman Rockwell-type’ Christmas parade turned into ‘senseless tragedy’

Brooks skipped bail on sex offender charge after impregnating 15-year-old: Reports

Monday 22 November 2021 22:53 , Justin Vallejo

Darrell Brooks was wanted in Nevada for failing to obey sex offender laws, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Fox News.

Brooks was convicted of having consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl and conceiving a child in 2006. He was arrested in 2016 for violating the terms of his probation but he never appeared in court, Fox News reported.

Brooks skipped bail on sex offender charge after impregnating 15-year-old: Reports

Monday 22 November 2021 22:53 , Justin Vallejo

Darrell Brooks was wanted in Nevada for failing to obey sex offender laws, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Fox News.

Brooks was convicted of having consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl and conceiving a child in 2006. He was arrested in 2016 for violating the terms of his probation but he never appeared in court, Fox News reported.

Marjorie Taylor Greene says Democrats to blame for Waukesha killings

Monday 22 November 2021 22:30 , Megan Sheets

Marjorie Taylor Greene says that the blame for the Waukesha killings lies with the mainstream media, Democrats, and Joe Biden, bizarrely claiming they incited the murder of five people Sunday night’s parade in the town.

The Georgia representative tweeted: “After the widespread hateful reaction to the Rittenhouse verdict & dog whistle calls to radical BLM ground troops by the mainstream media, Democrats, and even the President of the United States, we must ask if they incited the mass murder in Waukesha, WI.”

Ms Greene’s tweet ended with the words: “Intentional homicide”, which is what suspect Darrell Brooks has been charged with.

The Independent’s Oliver O’Connell reports:

Marjorie Taylor Greene bizarrely claims Democrats to blame for Waukesha killings

ICYMI: What happened at the Waukesha Christmas parade?

Monday 22 November 2021 22:10 , Megan Sheets

The Wisconsin city of Waukesha is in shock after a car ploughed into a Christmas parade at high speed at 4.39pm on Sunday, killing at least five people and injuring 48 more.

The red Ford Escape SUV was captured on video driving straight towards marching cheerleaders and band members at around 40mph, hitting around 20 people and causing the crowd that had assembled to enjoy the 58th Annual Waukesha Holiday Parade to disperse in panic.

The driver has since been named as Milwaukee man Darrell Edward Brooks Jr, 39, who had only been out on bail for a few days after being arrested on 5 November on charges of domestic abuse, resisting an officer, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct and felony bail jumping. He has been convicted of several criminal offences since 1999.

The Independent’s Joe Sommerlad explains the tragedy:

What happened at the Waukesha Christmas parade?

PICTURED: Victim Virginia ‘Ginny’ Sorenson

Monday 22 November 2021 21:50 , Megan Sheets

One of the five victims killed in Sunday’s Christmas parade tragedy has been pictured.

Virginia “Ginny” Sorenson, 79, was described by loved ones as the “beating heart” of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.

Virginia ‘Ginny’ Sorenson, 79, was the ‘beating heart’ of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies (Facebook)
Virginia ‘Ginny’ Sorenson, 79, was the ‘beating heart’ of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies (Facebook)

Her husband of 56 years David Sorenson told the Journal-Sentinel his wife, who had a bad back and dodgy hip, had initially been due to ride the route in a van. But as the grannies were short of numbers for the parade, Ms Sorenson had offered to hold a banner and march with them.

The Independent’s Helen Elfer reports:

Waukesha Christmas parade: First pictures released of victims named by police

Fire chief calls attack aftermath ‘a war zone'

Monday 22 November 2021 21:30 , Megan Sheets

The Waukesha fire chief likened the aftermath of Sunday’s Christmas parade attack to a “war zone”.

At an emotional press conference on Monday, Chief Steven Howard was asked to describe the scene moments after a red SUV barrelled down the parade route, killing five people and wounding 48 others.

“It was...carnage,” he said.

Mr Howard said many of the Wisconsin community’s first responders had turned out to watch the parade with their families, but ended up helping the injured after chaos erupted.

The Independent’s Megan Sheets and Namita Singh report:

‘There were pom-poms, shoes everywhere,’ says Waukesha attack witness

Darrell Brooks to face preliminary hearing on Tuesday

Monday 22 November 2021 21:10 , Megan Sheets

Darrell Brook’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 4pm CT on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old is facing five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, police said Monday.

More charges could be added as the investigation continues, police said.

Darrell Brooks is pictured in a mugshot provided by Wisconsin authorities (Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office)
Darrell Brooks is pictured in a mugshot provided by Wisconsin authorities (Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office)

Three victims were on Milwaukee Dancing Grannies team

Monday 22 November 2021 20:52 , Megan Sheets

Three of the victims killed in Sunday’s attack were members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies team. They are: Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71; and Tamara Durand, 52.

A fourth victim, 81-year-old Wilhelm Hospel, was the husband of a team member and a volunteer with the group.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has the latest on the victims:

Milwaukee Dancing Grannies members among the dead in Waukesha parade attack

Father tells how he pushed daughter to safety

Monday 22 November 2021 20:30 , Megan Sheets

A father who witnessed the Christmas parade tragedy has revealed how pushed his daughter out of the path of the SUV that killed five people and injured 40 others.

Thomas Kluka Jr, who was at the parade with his wife and teenage daughter and a friend on Sunday, said he saw the SUV coming towards him when he yelled for his family to move.

“I noticed him coming through the crowd and I noticed something was not right”, Mr Kluka Jr told TODAY. “And then I seen kind of like just people flying as I stood up.

“I’m like ‘Oh no.’ My daughter stood up, I threw her out of the way, then I basically yelled, ‘Get out of the way,’ and my wife got out of the way”.

The Independent’s Gino Spocchia reports:

Father reveals how he pushed daughter out of harm’s way at Waukesha parade

Probe launched into how suspect was freed from jail on ‘inappropriately low’ bail days before parade

Monday 22 November 2021 20:10 , Megan Sheets

The Milwaukee District Attorney’s office has launched an investigation into how Darrell Brooks came to be released from jail on an “inappropriately low” bail just days before the fatal Waukesha Christmas parade.

As officials charged the 39-year with five counts of “intentional homicide” over the incident, that left five people dead and injured 48, it was revealed he had been released from jail 10 days earlier.

Reports said Mr Brooks had been charged three times in less than two years with recklessly endangering the safety of others, most recently on 5 November.

The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe reports:

Probe into why Waukesha suspect freed on ‘inappropriately low’ bail days

Officer who shot at suspect’s vehicle is placed on administrative leave

Monday 22 November 2021 19:45 , Megan Sheets

An officer who opened fire on suspect Darrell Brooks’ vehicle in an attempt to stop it after it plowed into the parade crowd has been placed on administrative leave.

Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson confirmed the leave at Monday’s press conference, adding that no one was injured in the officer’s gunfire.

“When the suspect was driving through and into the crowd, one officer did discharge his firearm and fire shots at the suspect to stop the threat but due to the amount of people, had to stop, stop and fire — not fire any other additional shots,” Mr Thompson said.

Police rule out terror attack

Monday 22 November 2021 19:15 , Megan Sheets

Authorities have determined the parade attack was not an incident of terrorism, Police Chief Daniel Thompson said at Monday’s press conference.

Mr Thompson said suspect Darrell Brooks had been involved in a “domestic dispute” prior to the crash but said he was not being pursued by police at the time.

He is now facing five counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley reports:

Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy was ‘not a terrorist event’, police chief says

Police give case update at press conference

Monday 22 November 2021 19:06 , Megan Sheets

Waukesha Police held a press conference about the tragedy at 1pm CT on Monday and announced the injured toll had risen from 40 to 48.

Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson read off the names of the five people killed: Virginia Sorenson, 79; Leanna Owens, 71; Tamara Duran, 52; James Coolidge, 52; and Wilhem Hospel, 82.

The Independent’s Helen Elfer reports:

Victims of Waukesha Christmas parade incident named by police

Biden speaks out on parade tragedy

Monday 22 November 2021 18:56 , Megan Sheets

President Joe Biden addressed the parade tragedy in remarks from the White House on Monday afternoon.

“While we don’t have all the facts and details yet, we know this morning that five families in Waukesha are facing fresh grief of a life without a loved one,” he said.

“At least 40 Americans are suffering from injuries, some of them in critical condition, and an entire community is struggling, struggling to cope with the horrific act of violence.”

He continued: “Last night the people of Waukesha were gathered to celebrate the start of a season of hope and togetherness and Thanksgiving. This morning Jill and I and the entire Biden family, and I’m sure all of us pray that that same spirit is going to embrace and lift up all the victims of this tragedy, bringing comfort to those recovering from their injuries and wrapping the families of those who died in support of their community.

“We’re all grateful to the extraordinary work of first responders from law enforcement to the emergency room doctors, who are working around the clock to deal with the terrible consequence of what happened last night. My administration is monitoring the situation very closely.”

Driver’s former attorney won’t represent him in parade case

Monday 22 November 2021 18:40 , Megan Sheets

A lawyer who has represented Darrell Brooks in multiple past cases has said he will not do so in the parade case.

Attorney Joe Domask told Fox News on Monday: “I do not represent Mr Brooks in any matters in Waukesha County or regarding the incident that occurred yesterday in Waukesha County. Nor will I be doing so in the future.”

He added: “Here at Domask Law, our hearts are broken for all families affected by the tragedy at the Waukesha Parade. The Waukesha community is dear to our hearts here and we joined in their sorrow. And we keep all those affected by this incident in our thoughts and prayers.”

District attorney considering suspect's criminal record in setting bail

Monday 22 November 2021 18:17 , Megan Sheets

The Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office has officially named Darrell Brooks as the parade crash suspect and confirmed his prior criminal record.

The office issued a press release midday Monday announcing it will consider Mr Brooks rap sheet in determining how high his bail should be.

The release cited two prior infractions, the first being a July 2020 arrest for reckless endangerment and felon in possession of a firearm. His $7,500 bail in that case was lowered to $500 in February after the court was unable to meet his demand for a speedy trial.

Mr Brooks posted that bail and was arrested again earlier this month on charges of reckless endangerment, felony bail jumping, battery, obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct. His bail in the second case was set at $1,000, and he was released last Friday.

The DA’s office said it is conducting a review to determine an appropriate bail amount for the pending charges for the parade crash, given the charges previously levied against him.

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