Waukesha tragedy that killed 6 people and injured 62 others was an ‘intentional act to hurt as many people as possible,’ per criminal complaint



A close-up jail booking photo of Darrell Brooks.

Darrell Brooks’ mug shot for Milwaukee County Jail in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 3, 2021.Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office/Handout via Reuters

  • Darrell Brooks is accused of plowing his vehicle into a Wisconsin Christmas parade and killing six people.

  • He attended a court hearing Tuesday and now faces five counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

  • At least 62 others were injured.

In a new criminal complaint filed on Tuesday, an officer called the Waukesha, Wisconsin, tragedy, that killed six people and injured 62 others, “an intentional act to strike and hurt as many people as possible.”

Darrell E. Brooks, 39, who is accused of driving through a Christmas parade in a red SUV on Sunday, now faces five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, according to the complaint.

He appeared in court for the first time for this case on Tuesday.

In a Monday press briefing, Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said that Brooks “was involved in a domestic disturbance” just before plowing his vehicle into parade-goers around 4:40 p.m. local time.

A Monday press briefing identified Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52; LeAnna Owen, 71; Virginia Sorenson, 79; and Wilhelm Hospel, 81, as those who died in the incident. Three of the victims were a part of the group known as the “Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.”

An 8-year-old boy, Jackson Sparks, reportedly died in the hospital Tuesday, after the complaint was filed, according to the Waukesha County assistant district attorney. Prosecutors plan on adding a sixth charge to accommodate this development.

Jackson’s brother, 12-year-old Tucker, was among the 18 other children hospitalized by the incident.

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