A man described as a suspect in Sunday afternoon’s devastating vehicle assault on those in, and attending, a Christmas parade in Wisconsin that killed at least five and injured another 40 was a veteran criminal with a long list of offenses.
And he reportedly rapped about “F***Donald Trump” and “F*** pigs.”
Multiple sources have identified the man suspected of driving an SUV into the Christmas celebration in Waukesha, Wisconsin, as Darrell Brooks, 39.
Authorities identified the victims as Virginia Sorenson, 79, Leanna Owens, 71, Tamara Duran, 52, James Coolidge, 52 and Wilhem Hospel, 82.
They also reported a total of 48 victims were brought to hospitals including multiple individuals with major injuries.
Police confirmed they were working on five counts of intentional first-degree homicide, and said more charges could be added later as the investigation moves further along.
The suspect was reported to have driven his vehicle through police barricades to access the blocked-off parade route, and one officer fired his service weapon trying to stop the vehicle, but could not. Police said the offender apparently acted alone, and may have been provoked by a domestic incident to which officers responded immediately prior to the attack on the parade. However, the suspect had left that location before police arrived.
The Gateway Pundit reported a terrorist mowed down several elderly women in a group called “The Dancing Grannies” participating in the holiday festivities.
Laura Loomer reported the vehicle was found shortly after the attack and an identification found inside identified the driver, allegedly, as Brooks.
Loomer reported the suspect is a Black Lives Matter supporter with a lengthy criminal record including cases of domestic abuse, battery, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, bail jumping and assault.
One online researcher found the following video of the alleged suspect rapping about Donald Trump and police, whom he called “pigs.”
Editor’s Note: Be aware of highly offensive language in the video:
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The Pundit reported Brooks has two open criminal cases, and he posted bond for both felonies and misdemeanors only two days earlier.
Waukesha is a conservative region in Wisconsin and is only an hour’s drive of Kenosha, where Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted just on Friday of charges stemming from the deaths of two men, and injury to a third, that happened during last summer’s rioting.
That violence erupted after police shot and wounded a suspect they encountered.
The New York Post reported while Brooks was being questioned, he was not arrested.
The report said Brooks had only been released on bond for a Nov. 5 case where he was accused of resisting or obstructing an officer and other counts.
The report said the driver of the red vehicle that crashed into and over people may have been fleeing “a separate incident that involved a knife fight.”
Names of the victims in the parade were not released immediately.
The Post reported video captured the carnage as the SUV approached a marching bend before accelerating and crashing into spectators, dancers and musicians.
WND reported as the attack happened on Sunday that a red SUV was seen speeding through police barricades and striking a number of people shortly before 5 p.m.
This was recorded from the City of Waukesha’s Facebook account, which was streaming the parade.
— Sam Kraemer (@SamKraemerTV) November 21, 2021
Reports say police fired shots during the popular annual event, and it is not known at this time if the speeding car had anything to do with the not guilty verdict for Rittenhouse.
Police quickly confirmed a suspect’s vehicle “was recovered” and a “person of interest” was identified but not named, according to WISN-TV. The New York Post and others later revealed the identification of Brooks.
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Corey Montiho, a School District of Waukesha board member, was by a restaurant when he heard his daughter’s youth dance team was struck.
“There were pom-poms and shoes and spilled hot chocolate everywhere,” he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I had to go from one crumpled body to the other to find my daughter. My wife and two daughters were almost hit. Please pray for everybody. Please pray. My family is safe but many are not. I held one little girl’s head in my hand, she was seizing and she was bleeding out of her ears. I held her mother as she collapsed. Please pray.”
Angelito Tenorio, a West Allis alderman who is running for Wisconsin state treasurer, told the paper he had just finished marching in the parade with his family and friends.
“As we were walking back in between the buildings that we saw an SUV crossover, just put the pedal to the metal and just zooming full speed along the parade route. And then we heard a loud bang, and just deafening cries and screams from people who are who are struck by the vehicle,” Tenorio said. “And then, and then we saw people running away or stopping crying, and there, there are people on the ground who looked like they’d been hit by the vehicle.”
He added, “It just all happened so fast.”
A reporter on scene indicated the crowd could hear thuds as the vehicle rammed people, leaving many on the ground. The reporter noted police told parade watchers to get off the street and head into stores.
Ashlee Coronado, a 12-year-old student, was at the event with her mother.
“We were excited to see the truck with the fire and the hot air with it,” she told the Journal Sentinel. “We always get excited for it because it is cold that that warms us. Then right then, a red (vehicle) drove past me and my cousins. He was going very fast and hit a gentleman. At first I thought he was a part of the parade. And then I thought this is real. We were all screaming. We were not even two feet away.”
Kimberlee Coronado said: “We grabbed our kids and got to our cars and got out of there. It was very scary.”
“I am in shock,” said Alderman Don Paul Browne, who had marched in the event. “This parade draws people from all over, even Jefferson County. I am numb. It is pretty upsetting.”
“My inclination was to try to help, but that may be the last thing the police would need. The best I can do is be a source for people. We have to worry about shootings now. It breaks my heart.”
Gov. Tony Evers tweeted: “Kathy and I are praying for Waukesha tonight and all the kids, families, and community members affected by this senseless act.”
“I’m grateful for the first responders and folks who acted quickly to help, and we are in contact with local partners as we await more information.”
Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow tweeted:
“I have been in contact with Mayor Reilly and offered any resources the county could provide. I have also spoken with the Governor who offers his prayers and assistance.”
“This is an unspeakable tragedy, affecting us all as we work to overcome an extremely challenging two years and resume our cherished holiday traditions. Keep the families affected in your thoughts as we work to offer whatever support we can.”
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