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Waukesha suspect entered crowd ‘intentionally’

The suspect charged with five counts of homicide in the Waukesha Christmas parade massacre on Sunday was not pursued by police and “intentionally” entered the crowd, authorities in Waukesha said.

At a press conference Monday, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson confirmed that the suspect, Darrell Brooks Jr., was fleeing domestic unrest before driving his brown SUV into a crowd, killing five people and in injuring 48, including two children who are in critical condition.

“We have information that the suspect before the incident was involved in domestic unrest a few minutes before, and the suspect left the scene just prior to our arrival at this domestic unrest,” Thompson said.

Thompson said Brooks was arrested “a short distance from the scene” and that they were “confident he acted alone”.

“There is no evidence that this was a terrorist incident,” he added.

According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brooks has been accused three times in less than two years of recklessly endangering the safety of others, “most recently on November 5 in a domestic violence incident for which he also been accused of resisting or obstructing an officer “.

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In this month’s case, a woman told police Brooks purposely hit her “with his vehicle” as she walked through the parking lot of a gas station after he followed her there after a fight, according to the criminal complaint. The woman was hospitalized for her injuries, court records show.

Brooks posted $ 1,000 bail on Nov. 11 in the most recent incident and was released from the Milwaukee County Jail on Nov. 16, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office. He was also charged in July 2020 with two counts of second degree felony recklessly endangering the safety of others by using a dangerous weapon.

On Monday, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, headed by District Attorney John Chisholm, said the $ 1,000 bond was “inappropriate” due to the seriousness of the charges.

“This office is currently conducting an internal review of the decision to make the recent bail recommendation in this case to determine the appropriate next steps,” the statement said.

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