Police in the Midwestern US state of Wisconsin say a suspect who attended a Christmas parade that killed five people and injured 48 was involved in domestic unrest minutes before the incident.
Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said during a news conference Monday that there was no evidence the accident in the small town west of Milwaukee was terrorism-related.
He said police had received information that the suspect was involved in domestic disturbance just before the incident, but added that the police did not have time to respond to a complaint before the suspect left the scene and headed for the parade.
Police say the annual Waukesha Christmas parade was underway in the downtown area on Sunday afternoon local time, when the suspect drove his SUV over the parade route.
Thompson said the suspect, identified as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks, was not being pursued by police at the time. Brooks, a Milwaukee resident, is facing five counts of intentional murder.
Thompson said a police officer fired his weapon to try to stop the suspect from driving through the parade route, but stopped firing because of the danger to others. He said police had put up barricades at the entrance of the parade and stationed officers there, but added that the suspect walked through the barricades.
Those killed in the incident have been identified as four women aged 52 to 79 and an 81-year-old man.
Hospital workers say 10 of the 48 injured are in intensive care.
Thompson said the suspect was apprehended after the incident, adding, “We believe he acted alone.”
A local Milwaukee television station, citing police and court sources, said Brooks was released from prison Friday after being granted bail on earlier charges. The report said he was previously arrested and charged with felony felony, second degree negligence endangering security, obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct and battery.
Some of the information for this report was provided by The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.