President Joe Biden on Monday offered his first remarks on the tragedy in Waukesha, offering prayers to 'lift up' the five families who lost loved one sin the horrific incident at a holiday parade over the weekend.
He spoke amid new revelations about the incident, which killed five people and injured dozens, after it was revealed suspect Darrell Brooks had been out on parole when he allegedly plowed through the holiday crowd in Wisconsin.
'This morning five families in Waukehsa are facing fresh grief of the life without a loved one. At least 40 Americans are suffering from injuries – some of them in critical condition – and an entire community is struggling to cope with a horrific act of violence,' Biden said at the White House Monday.
He said his administration was 'monitoring the situation very closely.'
He made the remark at the top of an event where he was announcing the renomination of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.
'Last night, people Waukesha were gathered to celebrate the start of a season of hope and togetherness, and thanksgiving,' Biden said. 'This morning, [first lady] Jill and I and the entire Biden family – and I'm sure all of us – pray that that same spirit's going to embrace and lift up all the victims of this tragedy, bring comfort to those recovering from the injuries, and wrapping the families of those who died in the support of their community.'
'We're all grateful to the extraordinary work of first responders from law enforcement emergency room doctors who are working around the clock to deal with the terrible consequences of what happened last night,' said Biden.
President Joe Biden spoke Monday about the tragedy in Waukesha, Wisconsin, saying an 'entire community is struggling to cope with a horrific act of violence'
Although he didn't mention his own circumstances, Biden has previously mentioned how he lost his wife Neilia and daughter Naomi in 1972 in an auto accident shortly before he was sworn in as a senator.
After speaking about Waukesha, Biden pivoted to the nomination of Powell, a decision that was being closely watched by financial markets and advocates on the left and center.
His remarks came after it was revealed that the amateur rapper who plowed through crowds at a Waukesha Christmas Parade on Sunday night was on bail at the time after running over the mother of his child and punching her with 'a closed fist' just three weeks ago.
Darrell Brooks, 39, was taken into custody in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday night after police found his red Ford SUV parked neatly in a driveway five blocks from where he drove through crowds of kids and elderly dancing groups.
Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, from Milwaukee, was detained shortly after a red SUV plowed into the annual Christmas parade in the town of Waukesha, leaving at least five people dead and 40 injured - including at least 12 children on Sunday night. He is shown in a November 3 mugshot, when he was arrested for battery and domestic abuse
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.
Between July 2020 and February 2021, he was in custody awaiting a trial date on a $7,500 bond for shooting at his nephew after a fight over his old cell phone.
The bond was dropped to $500 in February because the courts couldn't give him a trial quickly enough.
He was arrested again on November 2 in Milwaukee for hunting down the mother of one of his children at a hotel, then following her in the street with his SUV and running her over in the parking lot of a gas station after she refused to get in his car.
DailyMail.com obtained copies of his arrest warrant for that incident on Monday which reveal he followed her to a gas station, punched her 'with a closed fist' and then 'ran her over.'
He was arrested and charged with five counts including bail jumping, for having failed to meet the terms of one of his many other sets of bail or probation requirements.
But on November 11, he posted a $1,000 cash bond. By November 19, he was on the streets again and by November 21, behind the wheel of his Ford again.
After Sunday night's massacre, Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office issued a statement conceding the bail that was set was 'inappropriately low.'
'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.
'This office is currently conducting an internal review of the decision to make the recent bail recommendation in this matter in order to determine the appropriate next steps,' the statement said.
Brooks is also listed as a sex offender in Nevada, where he was charged with having sex with a minor. A social media video of him taken before Sunday's incident shows him trying to explain that the victim was the mother of his oldest daughter who he 'didn't know was 16' when they had sex.
Police sources told The Washington Post that Brooks he was fleeing the scene of a knife attack on Sunday when he smashed into the crowds at 4.39pm at the Waukesha parade.
Brooks' November 2 criminal complaint reveals he was accused of hunting down the mother of his child, a woman referred to in charging documents as EAP, and running her over while she was walking through a gas station after an argument
Brooks was charged on November 5 with felony bail jumping, domestic abuse, resisting arrest, battery and recklessly endangering safety but he was released on November 19 after posting a $1,000 bond
Brooks is shown in this still taken from a video of the incident on Sunday. His motive remains unclear but the incident happened two days after he got out of jail on battery charges
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 concealed carry charges
The amateur rapper is shown in a 2019 music video filmed at the back of his house where he and others in the video pose with weapons and money
The Christmas parade began on Sunday at 4pm, with participants starting at Main St. and Whiterock Ave. It was always intended to be a short parade, ending half a mile away at the northeast corner of Cutler Park. At 4.39pm, the red SUV is filmed speeding down Main Street. It smashed into the crowd, and sent bodies flying, before carrying on down towards the end of the parade, where the car broke through barriers. The SUV was found less than five blocks away and the driver was taken into custody but it's unclear exactly where
Terrifying video posted to social media shows a speeding red SUV collide into a group of people marching in the middle of the street during the annual holiday parade in Waukesha, some 20 miles west of downtown Milwaukee
The incident comes just two days after Kyle Rittenhouse, the accused Kenosha shooter, was acquitted of murder charges in the deaths of two men during the unrest that erupted last year in the wake of a police shooting of a black man. Kenosha is located about 55 miles south of Waukesha. There is no indication yet that the two are connected
The SUV was found around five blocks from where the parade carnage took place, parked in a driveway. It's unclear whose home it was or if he was found inside, but he was taken into custody nearby
Pictured, the suspect's home in Milwaukee. A man who came to the door said he could not speak to DailyMail.com. ‘If you’re trying to get some information I can’t talk to you. I know what this is related to but we’re not going to talk to you,' he said
Darrell Brooks Jr in a July 2020 mugshot
1999: Aggravated battery, Carrying a concealed weapon
Sentenced to two years in prison.
2000: Carrying a concealed weapon, loitering, resisting or obstructing an officer, possession of cocaine
Case was not prosecuted.
2002: Obstructing an officer, driving a vehicle without consent possession of THC.
Case was dismissed
2003: Resisting or obstructing an officer
Sentence: 20 days in house of corrections
Feb 2005: Resisting or obstructing an officer
March 2005: Receiving stolen property, possession of controlled substance
Case was dismissed
2009: Paternity warrant issued, resisting an officer
2010: Strangulation and suffocation, domestic abuse Battery, criminal damage to property
2011: Probation violation
August 2011: Failure to appear in court
September 2011: Paternity warrant
October 2011: Possession of THC
December 2011: Possession with intent (THC), bail jumping
Sentence: 180 days in jail with permission to work outside of jail on day release
2012: Bail jumping, failure to appear in court, resisting an officer
November 2012: Possession of THC
Over the next few years, Brooks lived in Nevada, where he was charged with having sex with a minor
July 2020: Possession of a firearm as a convicted felon
Endangering safety, reckless use of firearm (domestic abuse), possession of methamphetamine
February 2021: Paternity warrant served
November 2021: Domestic battery, bail jumping, endangering safety, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest
Bailed on November 11
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.'
Brooks lives some 20 miles away in Milwaukee in a suburban home where he films rap videos in the street. On Monday, a man who answered the door refused to comment on the mounting deaths from Sunday's incident.
‘If you’re trying to get some information I can’t talk to you. I know what this is related to but we’re not going to talk to you,' he told DailyMail.com.
‘Most people on this street have lived here 40 or 50 years. But we’re dying off now,’ one neighbor told DailyMail.com
‘Young punks are moving in here, anyone with a bit of money. But they don’t want to know us and we don’t want to know them. I’ve had no dealings with them at all, but I have seen that red SUV parked outside,' he added.
His motive for Sunday's attack remains unclear; police will not confirm whether it was a deliberate act of terror or if Brooks accidentally ran into the crowds after losing control of his car while fleeing a knife crime.
Social media profiles reveal Brooks was an amateur rapper who went by the name MathBoi Fly, and claimed to have 'turned to the streets at a very young age' while growing up in a 'dangerous West Side neighborhood of Washington Park'. He described himself as 'the best underground artist in his city'. Those social media profiles have now been taken down.
On Saturday, he posted that he was 'not surprised' by the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict but authorities have not yet indicated whether the teen's acquittal has anything to do with the incident on Sunday.
Brooks has a lengthy criminal history stretching back to the 1990s when he was convicted of battery. At the time of the car rampage, he had two open felony cases against him - one from July 2020 and another from November this year.
Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson said no motive has yet been established, but officers are not discounting terrorism. Officers are also looking into the possibility that he was fleeing an earlier incident involving a knife when he reached the parade, NBC said.
Detectives will not yet confirm if they believe the attack was a deliberate act of terror, or if Brooks lost control of the vehicle while fleeing an earlier crime. They have also refused to comment on whether the incident has anything to do with the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict in Kenosha, 50 miles away. A press conference has been scheduled for 2pm EST.
Chief Thompson said one officer fired at the vehicle in an unsuccessful bid to stop it, with witnesses saying it sped along the parade route and did not slow down even as it hit a schoolgirls' dance troupe and elderly members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, along with families sitting by the side of the road.
Dozens of pieces of footage - intended to capture joyous scenes from the annual event - ended up capturing the carnage instead, revealing the car traveled at least three blocks down the parade route before breaking through barriers and speeding away.
A picture captured later at an unknown location showed what appeared to be the vehicle involved backed on to a driveway with the hood badly dented and bent up. It is unclear how the vehicle came to be there.
Corey Montiho, a Waukesha school district board member, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his daughter's dance team - made up of girls aged between nine and 15 - was hit by the SUV.
Milwaukee County DA John Chisolm is soft on bail policies and advocated for lighter requirements in this 2018 tweet
'They were pom-poms and shoes and spilled hot chocolate everywhere. I had to go from one crumpled body to the other to find my daughter. My wife and two daughters were almost hit.
'I saw bodies flying. I ran down the parade route to find my girls. Addison, my daughter, heard someone yell 'car' and ran away. The girls right next to her were hit.
'I was there. It was little kids and families... evil is real, fight it every chance you get.'
He told The Washington Post that Brooks was 'calm and composed' as he plowed through the crowd.
Brooks' social media pages, which have now been deleted, show him boasting about being a 'true stoner' and a rapper. He has more than 20 arrests for a variety of violent and nonviolent crimes
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
Discarded candy on the side of the parade route on Monday morning. Twelve children were among the 40 people who were injured
A family's chairs lie discarded on the side of the parade route on Monday morning
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
The aftermath of the rampage on Monday morning. There are still chairs on the sidewalk where families had been watching the parade
Police officers document marked evidence on Main Street the morning after a car plowed through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, U.S., November 22, 2021
Girls waving pompoms and marching in the parade along with people collecting donations are seen on Main Street in Waukesha moment before the car plowed through (left), and again moments afterwards (right)
People tend to victims left lying in the streets of Waukesha in footage filmed by a witness who described seeing mothers and fathers calling for their children in the aftermath of the chaos
Jordan Woynilko, who filmed the video above, described walking out of a pub along the parade route into a scene of despair and desperation as people tried to help those wounded by the speeding driver
Children and the elderly were among those mowed down as the speeding SUV hit crowds of people in Waukesha, Wisconsin
Witnesses said that the paradegoers initially thought that the red SUV was part of the procession. It was only after the vehicle was running over people did they realize that something was wrong
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
Among those killed were members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, who are shown at the parade in December 2019. It's unclear what the condition is of those who are injured
The dancing grannies posted this on Facebook that some members of their group had died
Members of the Waukesha Xtreme Dance Tea were also injured in the incident but it's unclear if any of them died
Reports indicate that the driver plowed through barricades and slammed into a holiday parade, injuring some 20 people, among them elderly women. The driver is also alleged to have fired gunshots
Others described how a moment of silence as people stood in shock gave way to screams of terror and scenes of chaos as people ran to tend to the wounded.
The incident comes just two days after Kyle Rittenhouse, the accused Kenosha shooter, was acquitted of murder charges in the deaths of two men during the unrest that erupted last year in the wake of a police shooting of a black man. Kenosha is located about 55 miles south of Waukesha.
The Rittenhouse acquittal, which stoked division along political and racial lines, prompted local and national authorities to place security forces on high alert.
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. They include several elderly women who were part of a 'Dancing Grannies' float and members of a schoolgirls' dance team, according to reports.
The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies posted on its Facebook page that 'members of the group and volunteers were impacted and we are waiting for word on their conditions'.
The group's profile describes them as a 'group of grannies that meet once a week to practise routines for summer and winter parades'.
Chris Germain, co-owner of the Aspire Dance Centre studio, had about 70 people in the parade ranging from the ages of two to 18.
Children's Wisconsin, a pediatric hospital in Milwaukee, said it was treating 15 patients. Aurora Medical Center-Summit, a hospital in Waukesha County, told CNN that it is treating 13 patients.
Three are listed in critical condition, four in serious condition and six in fair condition.
Jordan Woynilko, a Milwaukee man who shared video of the incident's aftermath, said he was stepping out of a pub along the parade route when he walked into a scene of desperation and despair.
'There were moms and dads yelling for their kids, people running around,' he said. 'When I rewatched the video, I could hear people talking, and they were like, 'There's eight people injured down there. We need an ambulance over here.' There's one lady kneeling on the ground crying.'
Brayden Kowalski, a 19-year-old man who grew up in Waukesha, said that he was at the parade with his family when he saw an SUV accelerate through the crowd.
'He's just blowing through people, kind of just dinging a lot of people, bodies flying everywhere,' Kowalski said. 'These people didn't get run over, they got f***ing thrown through the air. Like a lot of people got tossed up into the air.'
Another video shows the speeding SUV narrowly miss a young girl who was dancing in the street as the out-of-control vehicle drove by just feet away. Several witnesses reported seeing small children laying on the ground after they were hit by the runaway SUV.
The White House on Sunday said it was monitoring the situation. President Joe Biden was briefed by aides on the incident, according to a White House official.
'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.
'We have reached out to state and local officials to offer any support and assistance as needed.'
At around 7:15pm local time, the Waukesha Police Department sent a push alert to cell phones of residents in the area asking them to shelter in place 'within a half-mile radius of the 5 points downtown.'
'We have a person of interest that we are looking into at this time,' Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson told reporters. Thompson said that the SUV rammed into the crowd at 4:39pm local time - 39 minutes after the parade started.
The judge who granted the driver's bond was Michelle Havas (left). Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisolm (right) is an enthusiastic bail reform advocate who previously suggested the state should replicate San Francisco's bail reform to do away with cash bond on minor crimes
The images above show victims lying on the ground after the red Ford SUV plowed through a holiday parade in Waukesha on Sunday
Locals tend to an injured paradegoer in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday night after the horrific incident
A stroller lays abandoned on the street after a vehicle plowed through the annual holiday parade in Waukesha on Sunday
A broken children's stroller lays on W. Main St. in downtown Waukesha after the tragedy on Sunday
Debris and candy canes left from crowds attending a holiday parade lies scattered along the route
Spectators' chairs and children's scooters are seen above at the crime scene in Waukesha on Sunday
A baby carriage and backpack was left completely deserted as people fled the area