AT least five people have been killed and more than 40 people injured – including 12 kids – after an SUV sped through a Christmas parade in Wisconsin on Sunday.

Darrell Edward Brooks, 39,  was named as a suspect on Monday after reportedly being detained by Waukesha cops.

A red Ford Escape was seen on video plowing through the crowds ...sending bodies flying... in Waukesha, where families and performers were celebrating an annual holiday event.

Local police Chief Dan Thompson stated in a press conference that the vehicle struck more than 40 individuals, including some children.

Thompson also said one person of interest is in custody, noting that it is a ...fluid investigation... and that the priority at this point is ...working with families... of the victims.

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