The US authorities try to elucidate this Monday the circumstances of the tragedy that occurred in a city in the region of Los Great lakes, where a vehicle rammed into the crowd during a Christmas parade, causing at least five deaths and 40 injuries.
The number of people hospitalized raises fear of an increase in victims after this drama, which occurred in the town of Waukesha, in the suburbs of Milwaukee, the largest city in the state of Wisconsin.
According to CNN, which cites police sources, the investigators have not established any terrorist ties and the Department of Homeland Security suggests in a note obtained by the ABC channel that “The driver may have been fleeing a previous crime scene” when he pounced on the parade on Sunday.
“We can confirm that five people died and 40 are injured. However, these numbers could change as we gather more information,” reports the local police on their Facebook page, which reports one detainee.
Attacker had already been accused of endangering others
The local Milwaukee Sentinel Journal says the suspect has been identified as Darrell Brooks Jr, a 39-year-old man from the city of Milwaukee. According to the newspaper, Brooks has already been charged three times in less than two years for endangering others and on November 5 for a episode of domestic violence.
Wisconsin was already agitated for another reason that has nothing to do with this drama: the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, a young American who shot and killed two men last year during anti-racist protests in Kenosha, about 50 miles from Waukesha.
Video of the terrible attack
According to witnesses and images of the christmas parade, an SUV ran into a high school band, and also hit an association of grandmothers.
“There were pom-poms and shoes, and hot chocolate spilled everywhere,” Corey Montiho told the local Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
This Waukesha school board member was near a restaurant when he heard that the vehicle had struck his daughter’s dance group.
“I had to go from one body to another to find my daughter,” he said. His wife and two daughters are nearly run over.
At a news conference, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said “the car hit more than 20 people” and that “some of them were children.” Earlier, local authorities reported that 11 adults and 12 children had been transferred to the hospital.
They spread an attacker image
This Monday it was announced that the The attacker is a man from Milwaukee and his portrait was released. Schools will not open Monday and some roads will remain closed during the investigation, Thompson said.
Angelito Tenorio, candidate for treasurer for the state of Wisconsin, was at the parade and said, speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, that he saw a truck come speeding down the road where the parade was passing.
“Then I heard a loud roar, and deafening cries and screams from the people who were run over by the vehicle,” he said.
US President Joe Biden was informed of what happened and the White House “is closely monitoring the situation in Waukesha,” according to an official.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said he ordered the flags to fly at half mast as they continue to “pray for Waukesha and the children, families and neighbors whose lives were forever changed by an unimaginable tragedy last night.”