FBI investigators were drafted in yesterday after the horrifying scenes in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday. Captured on video, the vehicle was seen hurtling into the back of the parade, colliding with dozens of people, sending children and the elderly flying into the air. One police officer opened fire on the SUV in a bid to stop it, but five people were killed before it came a halt.
The FBI were yesterday helping local police piece together what happened. It is not believed to have been a terror-related incident.
A man is now in custody, named locally as Darrell Brooks, 39, from Milwaukee.
The suspect is believed to have been fleeing another scene when he drove into the parade.
Brooks, an amateur rapper, had reportedly been bailed out of jail just days before the incident.
It is understood he was charged with bail jumping, recklessly endangering safety, battery, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer just a few days ago. Police chief Dan Thompson said the vehicle hit dozens of people, including children.
Traumatised eye-witnesses told how the carnage unfolded.
Angelito Tenorio said he had just finished marching in the parade when the SUV “put the pedal to the metal and just started zooming full speed along the parade route”.
He added: “Then we heard a loud bang, and just deafening cries and screams from people who were struck by the vehicle.”
Another witness said the driver also hit a group of “dancing grannies”.
The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies troop later confirmed that some of its members “were impacted”, adding: “We are waiting for word on their conditions.”
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