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What was supposed to be a day full of celebration and cheer, quickly turned into a nightmare when an SUV drove straight into a Christmas parade killing five people and injuring over 40 others.
On Sunday, the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin threw a holiday parade that drew in a crowd full of children, parents, bands, dancers and even a Santa. Sadly, the happy moment didn’t last long and quickly took a deadly turn when multiple people lost their lives and many more were left in critical condition.
Police are currently looking into whether the suspect was feeling another crime moments before they surged into the crown full of people.
As of now, one person is in police custody after local authorities fired shots in an attempt to stop the vehicle. Officials anonymously told the Associated Press that the man in custody was identified as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks.
Records obtained by AP show that a man by the same name, birthday, and age has a history with crime including resisting or obstructing an officer, reckless endangering, disorderly conduct, bail jumping and battery.
Of the injured victims, 18 children between the ages of three to 16 were brought to Children’s Wisconsin Hospital. Six were listed in critical conditions ranging from broken bones to head injuries.
“There were pompoms and shoes and spilled hot chocolate everywhere. I had to go from one crumpled body to the other to find my daughter,” a Waukesha school district board member, Corey Montiho, told reporters. “My wife and two daughters were almost hit. Please pray for everybody. Please pray.”