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US Christmas parade tragedy suspect being charged with 5 counts of murder

The man suspected of plowing an SUV through a crowded Christmas parade in the state of Wisconsin is being charged Monday with five counts of intentional homicide, and is expected to face additional charges.

Authorities identified the suspect as Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, and Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said he "intentionally" drove the vehicle through barricades and into the crowd of people in the Milwaukee suburb. Additional charges would be forthcoming "based on the investigation" that is underway, he said.

Brooks Jr. was taken into custody a "short distance" from the scene and police said they are confident he acted alone.

"There's no evidence this is a terrorist incident," said Thompson.

On Sunday, five people were killed and 48 other victims were injured when a red Ford SUV slammed through a crowded parade in Waukesha. The deceased were identified as four elderly women aged 52 to 79 who were part of a "Dancing Grannies" club, and an 81-year-old man.

Two of the victims who were injured are children and they are in critical condition, according to the police chief.


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