Police find man suspected of shooting at Chicago-area parade

The 22-year-old man identified as a person of interest in the July 4 parade shooting in suburban Chicago has been taken into custody, police said.

Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen earlier said Robert E Crimo III should be considered armed and dangerous and was arrested by police on Monday night after a brief chase.

At least six people have been killed and 30 injured after a rooftop gunman opened fire during an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, sending hundreds of marchers, parents with prams and children on bicycles flee in terror.

The suspect remained at large for hours after the incident as authorities scoured the area and police surrounded a house listed as his possible address.

The Fourth of July shooting was just the latest to shatter the rituals of American life. Schools, churches, grocery stores and now community parades have all become killing grounds in recent months. This time the bloodshed came as the nation tried to find a reason to celebrate its founding and the ties that still hold it together.

“It is devastating that a celebration of America has been torn apart by our uniquely American plague,” Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said at a press conference.

“I’m furious because it doesn’t have to be this way…while we only celebrate the 4th of July once a year, mass shootings have become a weekly American tradition – yes , weekly.”

The shooting occurred at a spot on the parade route where many residents had staked out vantage points early in the day for the annual celebration.

An undated photo provided by the City of Highland Park Police Department shows Robert (Bobby) E Crimo III (City of Highland Park Police Department via AP)

Dozens of bullets fired scared hundreds of parade spectators – some visibly bloodied. They left a trail of abandoned objects that showed daily life suddenly, violently disrupted: a bag of half-eaten crisps; a box of chocolate biscuits spilled on the grass; a child’s Chicago Cubs cap.

Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli told a news conference that “several of the deceased victims” died at the scene and one was taken to the scene. hospital and died there. Police have not released details of the casualties or injuries.

Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said all five people killed in the parade were adults, but did not have information about the sixth victim who was taken to hospital and died there.

One of those killed was a Mexican national, Roberto Velasco, Mexico’s director of North American affairs, said on Twitter on Monday. He said two other Mexicans were injured.

Filming of the 4th of July Parade
Police search after the shooting (Nam Y Huh/AP)

NorthShore University Health Center received 26 patients after the attack. All but one had gunshot wounds, said Dr Brigham Temple, medical director of emergency preparedness. Their ages ranged from 8 to 85, and Dr. Temple estimated that four or five patients were children.

Dr Temple said 19 of them had been treated and discharged. Others were transferred to other hospitals, while two patients, in stable condition, remained at Highland Park Hospital.

The gunman opened fire around 10:15 a.m., when the parade was about three quarters full, authorities said.

Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill, the incident commander at the scene, said the shooter apparently used a ‘high powered rifle’ to fire from a location on top of a building commercial where he was “very hard to see”.

He said the rifle was recovered from the scene. Police also found a ladder attached to the building.

“Very random, very intentional and a very sad day,” Mr. Covelli said.

President Joe Biden said Monday that he and First Lady Jill Biden were “shocked by the senseless gun violence that has once again caused heartbreak in an American community on this Independence Day.”

Filming of the 4th of July Parade
NorthShore University Health Center received 26 patients after the attack (Nam Y Huh/AP)

Mr. Biden signed the most sweeping gun violence bill passed by Congress in decades, a compromise that showed both progress on a long unresolved issue and the deep partisan divide that remains.

Highland Park is a tight-knit community of about 30,000 people on the shores of Lake Michigan just north of Chicago, with lakeside mansions and sprawling estates that have long attracted the rich and sometimes famous, including the NBA legend Michael Jordan, who lived in the city for years while playing for the Chicago Bulls.

Mr. Pritzker, a Democrat, has promised to support the community and bring the shooter to justice.

“There are no words for the kind of evil that shows up at a public celebration of freedom, hides on a rooftop and shoots innocent people with an assault rifle,” Mr. Pritzker said. .

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