The Police ruled out that the massive hit on Sunday in a Christmas parade which left 5 dead and 48 injured in Waukesha, Wisconsin, it was a terrorist attack. “There is no proof that this is a terrorist incident,” said Waukesha Police Department Chief Dan Thompson. So far, there is only one detainee.
On Sunday afternoon, a man aboard a pickup truck tore down several fences set up for the parade that kicks off the Christmas season in the American town. The suspect was arrested a few blocks from the scene and was identified as Darren Brooks, a 39-year-old rapper.
According The Washington PostBrooks was fleeing “a domestic altercation” with knives when he sparked the massacre. But this version has not been confirmed by the Police.
Thompson explained that an officer tried to neutralize Brooks by shooting him when the car knocked down the fence, but he had to stop shooting because of the number of people there were. That agent was discharged “administrative discharge”.
The authorities anticipated that they are going to file five murder charges Intentional in the first degree against the suspect, who risks spending the rest of his life in jail, since in Wisconsin this type of crime is punishable by life imprisonment.
In the massacre four women and one man died, and their ages range between 52 and 81 years.
The group The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies (The Dancing Grandmothers of Milwaukee), who was marching at the time of the outrage, confirmed on their Facebook page that some of the members died in the incident, although they did not specify how many or their identity.
“Our group was doing what they love, performing in front of crowds in a parade to put smiles on the faces of people of all ages, joy and happiness,” the statement said.
In addition, there are at least 18 children who were injured and some of them are hospitalized in critical condition.
The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, which only cares for pediatric patients, indicated on its Facebook page that it treated at least 18 children between the ages of 3 and 16.
At a press conference, hospital staff explained that the children’s injuries range from facial abrasions and broken bones to serious head injuries.
Eight of the patients were operated on and another two have been discharged.
US President Joe Biden said he is following the situation in Waukesha “closely.”
“Last night people were walking and gathering to celebrate the beginning of a season of hope, togetherness and Thanksgiving. This morning, Jill (Biden) and I, and the whole Biden family, and I’m sure all of us, We have prayed that this spirit embraces and lifts the spirits of all the victims of this tragedy.“said the president on Monday.