The suspect in the deadly Waukesha Christmas parade attack, Darrell Brooks, is facing seventy-one new charges.
The charges include multiple counts of reckless endangerment and bail jumping among many others.
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The tragedy occurred at around 4.30pm on November 21 2021.
Six people were killed and more than forty injured when a car, a red SUV, plowed into the parade.
Waukesha Police Chief, Dan Thompson, said in a press conference that a total of eleven adults and twelve children were taken to hospital.
They were taken to 6 different hospitals with ambulances, police officers and family members helping to transport them.
ABC News reported that Aurora Medical Center in Summit, Wisconsin, said in a statement that it was providing treatment for thirteen patients following the incident.
Of those thirteen, the medical center said that 3 patients were in a critical condition and 4 in a serious condition.
Children’s Wisconsin hospital in Milwaukee also received several patients from the incident.
In a statement, the hospital said it received fifteen patients though officials at the time warned that the number of fatalities and injuries could change.
Thompson revealed that an officer present at the parade fired at the vehicle in an attempt to stop it.
The parade is a yearly event held on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the BBC reports. It is said to include fancy dress, dancers, and marching bands.
Thompson said in the conference that the red SUV allegedly involved in the incident had been recovered by officers.
A person of interest, named as thirty-nine-year-old Darrell Brooks, was taken into custody.
Public schools in Waukesha closed the day after the attack.
Many businesses around the area also closed their doors, ABC News reports.
“When the area is open, the City is requesting that any items for a temporary memorial be placed at Veterans Park,” the city said in a statement.
Angelito Tenorio, a local resident, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper he had just finished marching in the parade when the incident took place.
“As we were walking back in between the buildings we saw an SUV cross over, just put the pedal to the metal and just zooming full speed along the parade route,” he said. “And then we heard a loud bang, and just deafening cries and screams from people who are struck by the vehicle.”
Tenorio said the incident “all happened so fast.”
“And then, and then we saw people running away or stopping crying, and there, there are people on the ground who looked like they’d been hit by the vehicle,” he added.
Twelve-year-old Ashlee Coronado, who was at the parade with her mom, also spoke with the outlet and explained that she first thought it was “a part of the parade.”
“We were excited to see the truck with the fire and the hot air with it,” she said. “We always get excited for it because it is cold that that warms us. Then right then, a red (vehicle) drove past me and my cousins. He was going very fast and hit a gentleman. At first, I thought he was a part of the parade. And then I thought this is real. We were all screaming. We were not even two feet away.”
Following the attack, Brooks was detained and taken into custody where he was questioned.
Brooks then appeared in court 2 days after the attack where he was charged with 6 counts of first-degree intentional homicide.
But now, Brooks faces a further seventy-one charges against him.
And people have a lot to say about it online…
Brooks is facing seventy-one new charges in addition to the six homicide counts he already faced.
The new charges include multiple counts of reckless endangerment, hit-and-run involving death, battery and bail jumping, the New York Post reports.
According to the outlet, in a criminal complaint this week, prosecutors alleged that Brooks drove head-on into people and ran them over.
They even reportedly allege that Brooks lent out of his window at one point as his view was blocked by someone who landed on his window screen.
The complaint said: “All of the victims who were killed and most of the people that were injured were walking right down the middle of the road in plain view.”
“(The street) was clearly closed to traffic, there were barricades in place and police present to direct motorists for the entire length of the parade route.”
The complaint also said that Brooks had attacked the mother of his child just minutes before he drove through the parade.
Brooks is set appear in court on Friday for a preliminary hearing, the outlet reports.