News Update: Waukesha, WI: Suspect who sped through crowds during Waukesha Christmas Parade killing and injuring several people charged with multiple counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Sources: Waukesha Police Department, City of Waukesha, Waukesha County Court and GoFundMe (Information):

Waukesha, Wisconsin: The suspect who sped through crowds during Waukesha Christmas Parade killing and injuring several people was charged with multiple counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

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The suspect identified as 39 year old Darrell Brooks from Milwaukee, appeared in court on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021.

Waukesha County Court Commissioner Kevin Costello spoke at the initial appearance of Brooks, but he reportedly didn’t speak during his court hearing.

Brooks is charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, the charges carries a mandatory life sentence if Brooks is convicted.

Pictures: The City of Waukesha (Courtesy):

The deadly incident occurred at about 4:39 p.m. CST on Sunday, November 21st, 2021, and was captured on camera, including footage posted on the City of Waukesha via Facebook.

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement attempted to stop Brooks numerous times before he struck multiple parade participants and spectators Sunday evening.

The criminal complaint says a detective working traffic control for the Waukesha Christmas parade near White Rock Avenue and E. Main Street saw the red Ford Escape driving southbound just after 4:30 p.m. as people jumped out of the way.

The detective stepped in front of the vehicle, pounded on the hood and yelled multiple times “stop,” but the SUV continued driving, turning westbound on E. Main Street. The detective then went to the driver’s side window and pounded on the door, again yelling at the driver, later identified as Brooks, to stop.

The criminal complaint says Brooks drove past the detective and into the parade procession. The detective chased the vehicle as he saw the vehicle begin to drive faster.

While driving westbound on E. Main Street, the complaint says Brooks struck numerous pedestrians, including parade participants and spectators located on the side of the street.

Another officer assisting with crowd control in the area of E. Main Street and N. East Avenue saw the SUV around 4:38 p.m. and began attempting to get Brooks’ attention. He put his hand up and yelled “stop the vehicle” multiple times. The complaint says the the officer saw Brooks looking straight ahead, directly at him, and it appeared he had “no emotion on his face.”

When the vehicle approached the intersection of E. Main Street and NW Barstow Street, prosecutors say Brooks rapidly accelerated, taking an abrupt left turn into the crowd of participants.

At this point, the criminal complaint says officers realized this was an intentional act to strike and hurt as many people as possible. An officer on scene reported the vehicle appeared to be intentionally moving side to side, striking multiple people. One officer continued to chase the vehicle on foot as multiple people reportedly pulled at him, asking for assistance with injured parties. Another officer shot at the suspect vehicle, striking it three times.

Investigators spoke with a witness who indicated that the driver drove in a zig zag motion, as if “trying to avoid vehicles, not people.” Another witness told authorities they felt it was a “direct intent to hit as many parade participants.”

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Authorities previously confirmed 5 people have died, and the five victims were been identified as Virginia Sorenson, 79; Leanna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52; and Wilhelm Hospel, 81.

But a young boy became the six victim in this deadly tragedy, dying on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021 from injuries in the deadly tragedy.

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Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper said she intends to file a sixth count of first degree intentional homicide after learning 8 year old Jackson Sparks died.

The cause of death for five of the victims was determined to be multiple blunt force injuries, but the sixth victim has yet to be announced.

Authorities previously confirmed 48 were injured, but prosecutors say today that 62 people were injured, with some of them critically.

Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper said additional charges related to the more than 60 people injured will be coming later this week or in the upcoming weeks.

Booking Picture: Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (Courtesy):

A booking picture of suspect Darrell Brooks was released by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021.

Authorities are saying that just three weeks ago in Milwaukee County, Brooks ran over a woman that he has a child with, and Brooks’ bail was set at just $1,000, which he paid the bail before being released.

The Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office is conducting an internal review, saying the bail was set “inappropriately low.”

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Waukesha County Court Commissioner Kevin Costello said on Tuesday that, “The nature of this offense is shocking. The detail I was not expecting here today — that two detectives, not lay people, detectives — not only tried to stop this, but rendered an opinion that this was an intentional act. I’ve not seen anything like this in my very long career.”

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Brooks warn a suicide prevention smock, rocking back and forth in his seat, and reportedly cried as his attorney’s arm on his back well several members of the victims’ families sat just feet away from Brooks during his court hearing on Tuesday.

Over the last two decades, Brooks has had at least 12 convictions, and there’s currently a warrant for his arrest in Nevada for failing to comply with sex offender registry requirements.

Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper said Brooks has arrest records across three states, to include Wisconsin, Nevada and Georgia.

“There are not words to describe the risk that this defendant presents to our community,” said Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper.

Brooks’ bail was set at $5 million dollars, and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Friday, January 14th, 2022.

ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolence to the families and friends of the victims.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates regarding this breaking news story.



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