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The “person of interest” in Sunday’s fatal Christmas parade crash in Wisconsin that killed five and injured dozens is a wannabe rapper who was released from jail days earlier.
Darrell Brooks, 39, who is currently being questioned over the deadly crash in Waukesha, calls himself Mathboi Fly online — and may even have used the red SUV from the tragic incident in a since-deleted video on his YouTube channel.
The crumpled Ford Escape SUV was found parked in Brooks’ driveway after the shocking caught-on-video vehicular assault — but he has yet to be charged, law enforcement sources told NBC News.
Brooks has a criminal history and was recently released on a $1,000 cash bond on Friday in a Nov. 5 case in Milwaukee County for resisting or obstructing an officer, reckless endangering safety, disorderly conduct, bail jumping and battery, according to online court records.
In another case dated July last year, Brooks is charged with reckless endangering and illegal possession of a firearm, records show.
Police haven’t publicly identified Brooks as the “person of interest” they are holding, but officials earlier said the driver may have a lengthy criminal history.
They are investigating allegations the driver was fleeing a separate incident that involved a knife fight just prior to the parade bloodbath.
Brooks has posted music videos online, including one where he is rapping in front of a red SUV – the same type of vehicle used in the Waukesha tragedy.
Five people were killed and more than 40 injured, including children, when a red SUV blew past police barricades and plowed into a group of people marching in the annual Christmas parade shortly after 4:40 p.m. local time.
Police Chief Daniel Thompson confirmed late Sunday that a person of interest was in custody but gave no additional details or any possible motive.
Brooks was taken into custody after a cop opened fire to try to stop the SUV, authorities said.
Thompson said he didn’t know if the driver was hit by the officer’s bullets but said no bystanders were shot.
Horrifying video that captured the carnage showed the SUV approaching a marching band before accelerating and crashing into spectators, dancers and musicians.