Nov 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Waukesha parade crash suspect charged with 5 counts of intentional homicide

A makeshift memorial is pictured along the route of the parade on W Main Street in Waukesha, Wisconsin

A makeshift memorial along the route of the parade in Waukesha, Wis. Photo: Mustafa Hussain/AFP via Getty Images

Darrell Brooks, the alleged driver of an SUV that plowed into a crowd gathered at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide on Tuesday.

Driving the news: The incident left 62 people injured as of Tuesday, according to court documents.

  • A sixth person has also died, AP reported Tuesday, citing prosecutors.
  • A conviction of first-degree intentional homicide carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison, per AP.

The big picture: At a press conference Monday, Waukesha Police chief Daniel Thompson said officials "are confident he acted alone" and they believe there was no evidence of terrorism.

  • Police allege Brooks was involved in a "domestic disturbance" just prior to driving his car through the crowd, police said.
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