UPDATE: Five Dead, 48 Injured, Suspect Charged with 1st-Degree Homicide
The Waukesha Christmas parade attacker, identified as 39-year-old Darrell E. Brooks by police, has a history of using his vehicle to injure others.
Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said Monday Brooks acted alone, adding that his rampage that killed five people were killed and at least 48 injured, including children, was not a terrorist attack. He said it occured after a domestic disturbance.
“I don’t care what they say,” national radio host Todd Starnes said. “It looks like a terrorist attack to me.”
The suspect will be charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide and other offenses, according to Thompson.
Brooks, a black amateur rapper who owns a red Ford Escape as seen in the graphic footage, has been charged three times in the last two years with recklessly endangering the safety of others, most recently Nov. 5 as part of a domestic abuse case, which he was charged with resisting an arrest. He was released on bail two days before the attack Sunday.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: “In the case this month, a woman told police Brooks purposefully ran her ‘over with his vehicle’ while she was walking through a gas station parking lot after he had followed her there after a fight, according to the criminal complaint. The woman was hospitalized for her injuries, court records show.”
Brooks posted $1,000 cash bail Nov. 19, despite having another open felony case in Milwaukee County from 2020, Heavy reports. He has a long criminal history. Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, led by District Attorney John Chisholm, issued a statement Monday saying the bail was “inappropriately low.”
The outlet reports that many of his social media accounts have been deleted, including his YouTube where he raps under the name “MathBoi Fly” in front of a red SUV.
He posted on Facebook under the name “Jay Brooks” about the Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal two days ago. Waukesha is located about an hour from where the trial occurred, and police have yet to give a motive to the attack and have only said they have a “person of interest.”
The Post Millennial editor-at-large, Andy Ngo, reports in a now-deleted Facebook account he posted a quote, “Run them over. Keep traffic flowing & don’t slow down for any of these idiots…”
Brooks has also rapped about his hatred of former President Trump and expressed black nationalist, anti-Semitic views on social media.
This is a developing story and will be updated.