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Waukesha police release details about victims, suspect during press conference

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Waukesha police update

WAUKESHA, Wis. - Police say the suspect in a deadly Christmas parade crash in suburban Milwaukee was in a domestic disturbance just minutes before he killed five people and injured 48.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said Monday there is no evidence of terrorism in the event.

Thompson also said officers arrived too late to the domestic call to make contact with the suspect, but said officers did not pursue him.

He says police were preparing five charges of first degree intentional homicide charges against Darrell Brooks, 39, of Milwaukee.

Thompson identified those killed as LeAnna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 52; Virginia Sorenson, 79; and Wilhelm Hospel, 81.

Members of the "Dancing Grannies" club were among those killed, as was an employee of Citizens Bank.

Brooks was out of jail on $1,000 bail, with pending, violent crime cases from last year and last month. Milwaukee County Court records show a woman who shares a child with Brooks told investigators Brooks ran her over with his SUV at a gas station Nov. 2.

A Waukesha woman who asks to be identified by her first name of Deanna only says she saw the suspect back into an adjacent driveway with his damaged SUV after the parade tragedy. 

"There was a loud noise in the driveway...and I looked out and I saw somebody," she says.  "He started walking...turned around, grabbed his head, said, 'Oh (expletive),' and took off."

Brooks is scheduled to appear in Waukesha County Court Tuesday at 4 p.m.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)