Darrell Brooks Jr., the suspect arrested for the insane Christmas parade tragedy, was reportedly leaving the scene of a domestic dispute that had taken place just minutes earlier. 

According to Waukesha’s police chief Dan Thompson, the Sunday parade attack that claimed several lives and injured many did not have a terror motive, nor did the suspect know anyone a the parade. Brooks had left the scene of the domestic disturbance before officers arrived, and he was not being chased by police at the time of the crash.

Source: WFXR (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

The chief said that while police were not pursuing Brooks before he entered the parade route, an officer did fire a shot to try to stop him but ceased firing because of the danger to others. Brooks was not injured.

Brooks has a considerable history of criminal acts and has been charged 16 times since 1999 and had two outstanding cases against him at the time of the parade disaster — including one in which he was accused of deliberately running down a woman with his vehicle.

As of Monday, at least nine patients from the scene— most of them children — were listed in critical condition at two hospitals, and seven others were reported in serious condition.

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