Toppled chairs by the street in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin, after a pickup truck rammed into a Christmas parade on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (John Hart / Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

WAUKESHA, Wisconsin, U.S. (AP) – Investigators are looking into whether the driver of a pickup truck that rammed a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee, killing at least five people and injuring 40 more, was fleeing a crime, reported a police to The Associated Press.

On Sunday, the joyous scene of bands and children dancing in Santa hats and waving pom-poms turned deadly in an instant as the truck ran over barricades and rammed dancers, musicians and others.

In one video a woman yells “Oh my God!” over and over after the van hit a group of dancers. One father spoke of going “from one twisted body to another” to search for his daughter. Among the dead were members of the “Dancing Grannies” club.

One person was detained after a Waukesha police officer opened fire to try to stop the vehicle, authorities said.

Investigators are questioning the person about a prior crime that the official told the AP was an argument with a knife. The official, who said the investigation was still in its initial phase, was not authorized to speak publicly about the case and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

The detainee was identified as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks.

Police have not yet identified the “person of interest” they have detained, but two police sources with knowledge of the matter revealed the identity to The Associated Press. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release that information publicly.

According to online police records, a person named Darrell Brooks, whose date of birth makes her 39 years old, has two criminal cases open in Milwaukee. In one, dated November 5, he was accused of resisting an officer, endangering another person and disturbing the public order, evading a court hearing, and assault. According to records, a $ 1,000 bond was posted on November 19.

In another case, from July 2020, Brooks is charged with endangering another person and illegal possession of a weapon.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said he did not know if the driver had been hit by the policeman’s bullets, but that no bystanders were injured.

The Waukesha municipality confirmed on its social media accounts that at least five people were killed.

The event was recorded by the live broadcast of the city and the cell phones of the spectators. A video shows the moment when the vehicle makes its way through the barricades and the sound of what seems to be several shots.

In another video, a little girl is seen dancing in the street as the truck sped just a few feet (about one meter) away, before charging into the parade participants later on. A video of pom pom ballerinas ends with a group of people tending to a girl on the floor.

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Bauer reported from Madison, Wisconsin, and Balsamo from Washington, DC Associated Press reporter Doug Glass contributed from Minneapolis.

Toppled chairs by the street in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin, after a pickup truck rammed into a Christmas parade on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (John Hart / Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

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