By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: Waukesha Police Department, Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin Department of Justice and City of Waukesha (Information):
Waukesha, Wisconsin: Authorities have confirmed the identity and arrest of a suspect who drove a sport utility vehicle at high speeds through the Waukesha Christmas Parade killing and injuring several people.
Live Broadcast: City of Waukesha (Courtesy):
During the news conference, the Waukesha Police Department Chief Daniel Thompson confirmed the arrested suspect as 39 year old Darrell E. Brooks, a resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Picture: Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (Courtesy):
Picture of the suspect has been released by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.
Pictures: The City of Waukesha (Courtesy):
The incident involving the sport utility vehicle occurred at about 4:39 p.m. CST on Sunday, November 21st, 2021, and was recorded by the city’s livestream and onlookers’ cellphones.
These pictures of the speeding sport utility vehicle, a possibly red Ford Escape, was from footage posted on the City of Waukesha via Facebook.
*** Video Footage: Viewer Discretion is Advised: ***
The driver of the speeding sport utility vehicle kept going through, not stopping, and fled the area crashing through barricades as a police officer fired shots at the suspect.
— CBS 58 News (@CBS58) November 22, 2021
The sport utility vehicle was found in a driveway on West College Avenue near Carroll University.
Pictures of the found sport utility vehicle was posted at CBS 58 via Twitter.
During the news conference on Monday, Waukesha Police Department Chief Daniel Thompson said that prior to him driving through the parade, Brooks was involved in a domestic disturbance, and left the scene before police were able to arrive.
After leaving the domestic disturbance incident, Waukesha Police Department Chief Daniel Thompson said Brooks drove through the parade crowd.
In regards to the officer who shot at the suspect, Waukesha Police Department Chief Daniel Thompson said the officer had to stop firing due to the amount of people, and didn’t fire any other shots afterwards.
Waukesha Police Department Chief Daniel Thompson added that nobody was injured in the shooting at the suspect, and the police officer who discharged his firearm is on administrative leave as part of the protocol.
Waukesha Police Department Chief Daniel Thompson said Brooks was taken into custody a short from the sense and the sport utility vehicle used in the crime was also located.
“We are confident that he acted alone. There’s no evidence that this is a terrorist incident,” said Waukesha Police Department Chief Daniel Thompson.
Waukesha Police Department Chief Daniel Thompson added that this was not part of a police pursuit.
According to court records, Brooks was released from jail earlier this month on $1,000 bail after being charged with several counts including recklessly endangering safety and battery.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney says suspect Darrell Brooks should not have been released on such a low cash bond earlier this month, and they are conducting an internal review.
In a release to the news media on Monday (Pictured Above), Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said the bail recommendation in Mr Brooks’ open court case was “inappropriately low in light of the nature of recent charges and the pending charges” against him.
During the news conference on Monday, Waukesha Police Department said charges on Brooks have been referred to the District Attorney’s office, including five separate counts of first-degree intentional homicide.
The City of Waukesha and the Waukesha Police Department confirmed late on Sunday that 5 people are deceased.
During the news conference and well holding back tears, Waukesha Police Department Chief Daniel Thompson read the names and ages of the victims.
“Virginia Sorenson, 79 year old female; LeAnna Owen, 71 year old female; Tamara Durand, 52 year old female; Jane Kulich, 52 year old female; and Wilhelm Hospel, 81 year old male,” said Waukesha Police Department Chief Daniel Thompson.
In total, 48 people are injured, and of those injured, 18 were kids who were taken to Children’s Wisconsin.
As of 11:00 a.m. CST on Monday, there were 10 patients in the intensive care unit. Plus, there are three sets of siblings in the hospital.
Officials said 29 victims were brought to Waukesha Memorial Hospital.
The City of Waukesha has posted via Facebook that, “Our prayers go out to all the victims of this tragedy. This senseless act resulted in five deaths and 48 injured (that number may rise).”
In addition, the City of Waukesha said in their post that if you have video footage of the suspect vehicle in the parade route or fleeing from the scene, please provide your footage here: https://forms.gle/xVKV6n9JbwUNjwvC8
We are looking for video that a person captured themselves – not video they saw on someone’s social media page. We are only looking for footage of the incident, not the aftermath of the event.
The City of Waukesha said in their post that we know that members of the community want to help out and help the victims. The Waukesha County Community Foundation, and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County have joined together to create the “United for Waukesha Community Fund.”
This fund will support the needs of the families impacted, and you can donate at: https://wccf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=3559
Many people witnessed traumatic events last evening. If you need to talk to someone, you can call or text: 1 (800) 985-5990 to be connected to a trained, caring counselor – they are available 24/7; please only call 911 for emergencies.
There will be a Friends and Family Resource Center set up at Carroll University in the Campus Center ballroom for all the victims from 2pm-6pm on Tuesday and 9am-1pm on Wednesday.
The District Attorney Victim Assistance Program is also available to assist, which you can email: email@example.com
Moments ago, the City of Waukesha have announced via Facebook that a prayer vigil will be held at 5:00 p.m. CST Monday night at Cutler Park.
The Waukesha Public Library will be closing at 4:00 p.m. CST on Monday so that the public can utilize their parking lot.
The Downtown South Street Parking Ramp will also be open for free parking.
ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolence to the families and friends of the victims.