Bystanders run after hearing gunshots in shooting at July 4 parade in Illinois
At least six people have been killed and 30 injured in a mass shooting at an Independence Day parade in Illinois Monday morning.
Police named Robert E Crimo, a man in his 20s, as a person of interest in the shooting and took him into custody after an hours-long manhunt around Highland Park.
A gunman on a rooftop opened fire during a 4 July parade in the Chicago suburb, sending hundreds of marchers, parents with strollers and children on bicycle fleeing in terror, said the police.
While “several of the deceased victims” died at the scene, one succumbed to the injuries in the hospital, according to the authorities.
One of those killed was a Mexican national Roberto Velasco, Mexico’s director for North American affairs said on Twitter. He added that two other Mexicans were wounded in the incident.
About 26 of those wounded, aged between eight to 85 were sent to the NorthShore University Health Centre. All but one had gunshot wounds, said the hospital’s medical director of emergency preparedness, Dr Brigham Temple.
A trail of abandoned items
The Monday shooting at Parkland High occurred at a spot on the parade route where many residents had staked out prime viewing points early in the day for the annual celebration.
Dozens of fired bullets sent hundreds of parade-goers — some visibly bloodied — fleeing.
They left a trail of abandoned items that showed everyday life suddenly, violently disrupted: A half-eaten bag of potato chips; a box of chocolate cookies spilled onto the grass; a child’s Chicago Cubs cap.
Namita Singh5 July 2022 05:13
‘There’s no safe space’
The July 4 shooting was just the latest to shatter the rituals of American life. With schools, churches, grocery stores and community parades becoming killing grounds in recent months, the bloodshed came this time as the nation tried to find cause to celebrate its founding.
“There’s no safe place,” said Highland Park resident Barbara Harte, 73, who had stayed away from the parade fearing a mass shooting, but later ventured from her home.
“It definitely hits a lot harder when it’s not only your hometown but it’s also right in front of you,” resident Ron Tuazon said as he and a friend returned to the parade route Monday evening to retrieve chairs, blankets and a child’s bike that he and his family abandoned when the shooting began.
“It’s commonplace now,” Mr Tuazon said of what he called yet another American atrocity. “We don’t blink anymore. Until laws change, it’s going to be more of the same.”
Namita Singh5 July 2022 05:11
Man named ‘person of interest’ taken into custody
Authorities said a man named as a person in the shooting was taken into police custody Monday evening after an hours-long manhunt around Highland Park.
Highland Park police chief Lou Jogmen said a police officer pulled over Robert E Crimo about five miles north of the shooting scene, several hours after police released the man’s photo and an image of his silver Honda Fit, and warned the public that he was likely armed and dangerous.
Authorities initially said he was 22, but an FBI bulletin and Mr Crimo’s social media said he was 21.
Police declined to immediately identify him as a suspect but said identifying him as a person of interest, sharing his name and other information publicly was a serious step.
Namita Singh5 July 2022 05:01
Over 30 injured in the July 4 shooting
Up to 30 people have been injured in the shooting during the Independence Day parade in Illinois, Chicago.NorthShore University Health Center received 26 patients after the incident.
All but one has gunshot wounds, said the medical director of emergency preparedness, Dr Brigham Temple.
Their age ranged from 8 to 85, with Dr Temple estimating that four or five patients were children.
About 19 of the victims were treated and discharged, the doctor said.
Others were transferred to other hospitals, while two patients, in stable condition, remained at the Highland Park hospital.
Namita Singh5 July 2022 04:43
Biden says there is ‘much more work to do’ on gun reform
President Joe Biden said he and First Lady Jill Biden were “shocked” by the mass shooting which tore through an Independence Day parade in Highland Park on Monday, calling it another example of “senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community”.
In a statement, Mr Biden said he and Ms Biden were “grateful” for the efforts of law enforcement officials who’d responded to the bloody scene.
He said that he had offered Illinois Governor JB Prizker and Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering the “full support of the federal government,” including a surge of law enforcement officers to assist in the ongoing hunt for the suspected shooter.
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Rachel Sharp5 July 2022 04:00
Map of the scene of the mass shooting
The mass shooting unfolded in Highland Park, a suburban Illinois city around 25 miles north of Chicago.
Here is a map of the location:
Rachel Sharp5 July 2022 03:30
Mass shooting comes just weeks after massacres in Uvalde and Buffalo
Monday’s massacre marks just the latest in a growing number of mass shootings to tear apart a community in the US as pressure continues to mount on lawmakers to introduce significant gun reform laws.
Less than two months ago, 10 Black people were shot and killed in a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, on 14 May.
The attack was carried out by an 18-year-old self-proclaimed white supremacist with a legally purchased AR-15.
Ten days after that, 19 young students and two teachers were killed in a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, when another 18-year-old male entered Robb Elementary School with an AR-15 and opened fire.
The identity of the July 4 mass shooting in Illinois is currently unknown but has been described as a white male aged 18 to 20 years old.
Police have recovered a rifle from the scene.
Rachel Sharp5 July 2022 03:00
NRA celebrates firearms in July 4 tweet as six killed in Illinois
The NRA commemorated July 4 with a tweet celebrating guns – on the same day that six people were killed and dozens more hospitalised in a mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois.
“Happy 4th of July, America! We are a country because of brave souls with guns who valued and fought for liberty and freedom,” the gun lobby group posted.
Rachel Sharp5 July 2022 02:30
Harrowing image shows young children sheltering in place
A harrowing photo shows small children dressed up for Independence Day sheltering in a basement of a business to escape the gunfire that killed at least six and wounded at least 31 more.
The image shows the children dressed up in red, white and blue in celebration of the July 4 holiday.
Moments earlier, the children were among the families and local residents who gathered to enjoy the parade when the mass shooting unfolded.
Rachel Sharp5 July 2022 02:00
Victim of Highland Park shooting identified
One of the six people killed in the mass shooting at a July 4 parade in Highland Park has been identified.
Nicolas Toledo was one of the six victims killed in the shooting, his family confirmed.
“We are all feeling pretty numb. We’re all pretty broken inside,” his granddaughter said.
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Rachel Sharp5 July 2022 01:30