US parade crash suspect ‘was fleeing DV’

A suspect who drove a speeding SUV into dozens of people at a Christmas parade in Wisconsin after he fled a domestic disturbance will be charged with homicide for the five people killed.

Authorities say the incident was not terror-related.

“We have information that the suspect, prior to the incident, was involved in a domestic disturbance,” Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson told a briefing on Monday.


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On the morning after Sunday’s carnage, a pink hat, a lone shoe and candy lay strewn across the main thoroughfare in Waukesha, about 30 kilometres west of Milwaukee.

Forty-eight people, including two children, were injured.

Dozens of orange evidence circles were painted on the street and most shops were closed in the city’s downtown district. A woman tied a bouquet of flowers to a street post as police officers blocked intersections along the main road.

The FBI is assisting local police in their investigation.

Thompson identified the person in custody as Darrell E Brooks, 39.

A search of online court records showed a recent open case involving a person named Darrell Brooks, with a birth date that would make him 39 years old.

According to the court documents, he is charged with restricting or obstructing an officer, bail jumping and battery. A $US1000 ($A1383) cash bond was posted earlier this month, the records show.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office released a statement on Monday detailing the pending charges against Brooks and said it was conducting an internal review of the decision involving Brook’s bail recommendation.

A video posted online on Sunday showed a red sport utility vehicle racing alongside and into the parade, appearing to run over more than a dozen people before crowds ran from sidewalks to help.

An officer fired shots at the vehicle in an attempt to stop the carnage, Thompson said.

Another video on social media appeared to show police firing on the vehicle as it crashed through street barriers. Police did not believe shots had been fired from the vehicle, Thompson added, contrary to earlier reports.

The Children’s Wisconsin hospital officials said at a briefing they treated 18 children, including six who remained in critical condition and three in serious condition on Monday.

The rest were in fair condition or released. The hospital made no mention of any fatalities.

Schools will remain closed on Monday and Waukesha authorities said a fund for the affected families had been set up.

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