Darrell Brooks appears in court following Wisconsin parade attack
Prosecutors revealed the death of a sixth victim, a child, during the hearing, where Mr Brooks bail was set at $5m.
The 39-year-old suspected driver, seen wide-eyed in a new mugshot released earlier in the day, was already facing five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, with a sixth expected in light of the newest death. He was allegedly involved in a “domestic dispute” moments prior to driving onto the parade route, and court records show he has an extensive rap sheet dating back to 1999.
Doorbell camera footage captured Mr Brooks waiting for an Uber outside a home roughly 20 minutes after he plowed through the parade. The homeowner said he invited Mr Brooks in for a sandwich before police arrived to arrest him.
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“The nature of this offence is shocking,” Waukesha Court Commissioner Kevin Costello
“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
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.
Jackson Sparks, 8, becomes the first of many injured children to have died
8-year-old boy is the sixth person to die
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
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
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:
$1m raised to help victims’ medical and funeral costs
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 cops launch fundraiser with stuffed animal K9s
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
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.
Milwaukee Brewers host fundraisers for parade victims
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.