‘Person Of Interest’ In Parade Tragedy May Have Been Released On Bail Days Prior

Police have detained a “person of interest” after a red SUV ran through a Christmas parade in Wisconsin on Sunday evening, killing at least five people and injuring more than 40 others.

“At this time, we can confirm that 5 people are deceased and over 40 are injured,” the city of Waukesha said on Twitter. “However, these numbers may change as we collect additional information. Many people have self-transported to area hospitals. The Police Department has the person of interest in custody.”

The “person of interest” identified by the online news outlet Heavy appears to have been released on bail just days prior to the incident. According to the Wisconsin Circuit Court database, a man with the same name and age posted bail on Friday after being charged with three misdemeanors and two felonies, including second-degree recklessly endangering safety.

According to NBC News, this man may have a “significant criminal history.”

“Four senior law enforcement officials told NBC News that a person of interest who may have a significant criminal history was being questioned overnight, with investigators probing the possibility that the driver had been fleeing an earlier incident involving a knife fight,” NBC News reported. “Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson confirmed at a news conference Sunday evening that a person of interest had been taken into custody.”

“Five sources in a position to be briefed on the incident told NBC News that at this early stage of the investigation there was no connection to terrorism and no indication that it was in retaliation for the not guilty verdict on Friday in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial,” NBC News added.

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