The man suspected of driving an SUV into crowds of people at a Christmas parade in Wisconsin had fled the scene of a "domestic disturbance" just minutes before police arrived, Waukesha police have said.

Darrell E Brooks, 39, "intentionally drove" through the crowds at the Waukesha Christmas parade on Sunday killing at least five people and injuring 48.

He had left the scene of the domestic incident and was not being chased by police at the time of the crash, according to a police chief.

brooks has two open criminal cases against him- one from july 2020 and another from november this year.

Records show a $ 1,000 cash bond was posted on Friday.

"The State's bail recommendation in this case was inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges and the pending charges against Mr Brooks," said the office of Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm.

In the more recent one, a woman told police that Brooks deliberately ran her over with his vehicle in a petrol station parking area after a fight.

Several people who attended the parade are seen in the aftermath of the incident in Waukesha on Sunday

She was taken to hospital for her injuries.

On Monday, police said that Mr Brooks would be charged with five degrees of intentional homicide, over the incident in Waukesha, roughly 20 miles west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

As officials charged 39-year Darrell Brooks with five counts of "intentional homicide" over the incident, that left five people dead and injured around 40, it was revealed he had been released from jail 10 days earlier.

Police said four women aged 52 to 79 and an 81-year-old man were killed.

Brooks is an amateur rapper who is shown above in a YouTube video standing in front of his red Ford truck. He has a long criminal history going back to 1999 with charges including weapons offenses, domestic battery, resisting arrest, drugs charges and con

President Joe Biden said he and his family are praying for those suffering.

Waukesha's mayor, Shawn Reilly, says their annual parade has become a "nightmare" but the community will come together and a fund for the victims is being set up.

I had to go from one crumpled body to the other to find my daughter," he told the paper.

"At this time, we can confirm that five people are deceased and over 40 are injured," the Waukesha Police Department said on its Facebook page.

officials in waukesha warned that the number of fatalities and injuries could change as additional information."

The Children's Wisconsin hospital said it had received 15 patients as of 20:00, while the Aurora Medical Center-Summit said it was treating 13 people, including three in a critical condition.

Three are listed in critical condition, four in serious condition and six in fair condition.

officers are also looking into the possibility that he was fleeing an earlier incident involving a knife when he reached the parade.

Police cordon off a roadway as emergency vehicles and crews arrive in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday

The speeding SUV appeared to approach the parade from behind, and police chief Dan Thompson said an officer has shot at it in an attempt to stop it as it crashed through the barriers.

It is estimated it was travelling at about 40mph.

Eleven adults and 12 children were taken to hospital after being hit by the vehicle and Mr Thompson confirmed there were "some fatalities".

corey montiho, a waukesha school district board member, told the milwaukee journal sentinel that his daughter's dance team was hit by the vehicle.

Video posted to social media shows the red Ford SUV speeding by just a few feet away from a young girl who was dancing in the street during the parade in Waukesha on Sunday

"there were pom-poms and shoes and spilled hot chocolate everywhere.

my wife and two daughters were almost hit.

Please pray."

chris germain, co-owner of the aspire dance center studio, had about 70 people in the parade ranging from as young as 2 being pulled in wagons and participants up to 18.

The aftermath of the attack on Monday morning. There are still items of clothing and blankets in the street in Wekausha, along with circled pieces of debris

'there were small children laying all over the road, there were police officers and emts doing cpr on multiple members of the parade," he said.

members of their troupe are among the victims, as was an employee of citizens bank, officers revealed.

School bands and a dance troupe of grannies were among those marching through the city of Waukesha when a red SUV came speeding down the road.

It hit dozens of people, including children.

Discarded candy on the side of the parade route on Monday morning. Twelve children were among the 40 people who were injured

chief thompson said officers had recovered a "suspect vehicle" and a person of interest was in custody.

They also said they did not consider the incident to be an act of terrorism, rather that the suspect had been involved in a domestic disturbance prior to being filmed crashing into the parade.

The suspect appeared to have been fleeing another scene- possibly a knife fight- when he ran into people at the parade, the law enforcement official, who is familiar with the early findings of the investigation, told the BBC's US partner CBS News.

it is unclear if the individual in custody was the driver of the vehicle.

Police and emergency personnel work on a crime scene in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday

'then we heard a loud bang, and just deafening cries and screams from people who are struck by the vehicle,' tenorio said.

' i saw bodies flying through the air".

Families lined the sides of the road to watch the event, which was returning after a year's absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.

One video shared on social media shows the car crashing at high speed through street barriers, while another shows the vehicle driving into what looks like a group of musicians.

A massive police presence was seen in downtown Waukesha just moments after the horrific incident on Sunday evening

Police officers ran down the street during the incident, telling people to take shelter in shops.

police chief dan thompson told reporters that officers had fired at the car to try to stop it.

"I 've never felt a worse feeling; wondering what I'm going to find when I get to my kid," he said.

Another witness told Milwaukee's Fox6 TV station that there was silence, followed by screaming, running and checking on those injured after the vehicle hit a dance team of girls aged between about nine and 15.

Spectators' chairs and children's scooters are seen above at the crime scene in Waukesha on Sunday

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies said some of its members "were impacted and we are waiting for word on their conditions".

please keep the grannies, all those injured, and all those who witnessed this horrible event in your thoughts and prayers," the group wrote on its facebook page.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee said one of its priests, multiple parishioners and students at a local Catholic school were among the injured.

Photos of a red SUV with a crumpled bonnet parked in a driveway were posted on Twitter by TV station CBS 58.

A family's chairs lie discarded on the side of the parade route on Monday morning

He added that the investigation was "very fluid".

they said some people had transported themselves to local hospitals.

The head of the fire department said that 11 adults, including a priest, and 12 children were rushed to six different hospitals in the area.

mayor shawn reilly told witi in milwaukee that he does not believe there is any current danger to the public.

A large police presence was seen along the parade route after the tragedy in Waukesha on Sunday night

"I am deeply saddened to know that so many in our community went to a parade but ended up dealing with injury and heartache," he said.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff across the state in honour of the victims.

Waukesha's public schools will be closed on Monday, and counselling services have been made available to those affected.

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An investigation has been launched into how the suspect in the Waukesha parade tragedy had been released from jail on "inappropriately low" bail over an another incident.

Reports said Mr Brooks Jr had been charged three times in less than two years with recklessly endangering the safety of others, most recently on November 5.

That was part of a domestic abuse incident for which he was also charged with resisting or obstructing an officer, and had been released on bail of just $ 1,000.

Jane Kulich (left) was a Citizen Bank employee who was walking with a parade float before she was fatally struck. Right, Betty Butula Streng, another Dancing Granny who was injured

'The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office toward matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail.

It added : "This office is currently conducting an internal review of the decision to make the recent bail recommendation."

fire chief daniel thompson said the scene was 'like a warzone '.

"This was not a terrorist event."

Police and emergency personnel work on a crime scene in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday

The amateur rapper has a long criminal history dating back to 1999 with more than 15 arrests in the state of Wisconsin alone for charges including possession of drugs, strangulation and suffocation, battery, illegally possessing firearms as a convicted felon and resisting arrest.

Brooks is also listed as a sex offender in Nevada, where he was charged with having sex with a minor.

One witness, a father whose daughter was in a dance troupe that was struck, said he made eye contact with him and that he was 'calm and composed. '

'The White House is closely monitoring the situation in Waukesha and our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted by this terrible incident,' a White House official said.

A person walks past a police car blocking Main Street the morning after a car ploughed through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, U.S., November 22, 2021

One video shows the SUV striking what appears to be members of a marching band and several others along the parade route before driving on.

Staral told The New York Times that she and her family were standing at the curb outside a store when the red SUV sped through in the middle of the parade.

it starts westward down main street and ends at wisconsin avenue.

' I had just finished participating in the parade with my wife when I noticed police sirens.

Children and the elderly were among those mowed down as the speeding SUV hit crowds of people in Waukesha, Wisconsin

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