Arrested in shooting that kills 6 and wounds 30 at Chicago-area 4th of July parade – National

A person of interest has been arrested in connection with a shooting at a July 4th parade in the suburb of Highland Park, Illinois on Monday that killed six people and injured at least 30 others.


Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen said officers discovered 22-year-old Robert E. Crimo III less than an hour after he was named a person of interest. A brief police chase ensued before Crimo was finally stopped and arrested without incident.

Officials have yet to question Crimo before they can name him as a suspect in the shooting and bring charges against him, officials said.

“This person is believed to be responsible for what happened,” Lake County Task Force spokesman Chris Covelli told reporters, but he added that police “have more work to do” before he confirmed Crimo’s involvement.

The shooting happened about 15 minutes after the quiet suburb’s celebratory parade began at 10 a.m., with the gunman aiming a high-powered rifle at onlookers from the roof of a store, police say.

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Police are naming one person of interest in the July 4 shooting in Illinois

Police are naming one person of interest in the July 4 shooting in Illinois

Covelli said the shooting was “very random” and “very deliberate” and that the suspect was discreet and difficult to spot. The rifle was recovered from the roof and is currently being examined.

The police had no motive for the shooting.

The gunman reached the roof via an alley ladder attached to the building, which was not secure, officials said.

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More than 100 officers spent the afternoon searching for the suspect with the help of the FBI and SWAT teams. Buildings and businesses in the area have been cleared and residents have been told to take shelter on the spot.

Search by law enforcement as they enter a building following a mass shooting at the July 4th Highland Park Parade in downtown Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago, Monday, July 4, 2022.

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Twenty-six patients were taken to Highland Park Hospital with gunshot wounds, according to Dr. Bringham Temple, medical director of emergency preparedness at NorthShore University Health Center. Their ages range from eight to 85, he said, and include four or five children. Some are in critical condition, including a child, and 19 have been treated and discharged.

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Five of those who died are adults who died at the scene, while another, of unknown age, was rushed to the hospital and died there, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek. Authorities are in the process of notifying their families.

At least one of those killed was a Mexican, a senior official at Mexico’s foreign ministry said on Twitter.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that his “heart breaks for the people of Highland Park, Illinois, who this morning wanted nothing more than to celebrate their country – but instead changed their lives forever.”

“To the injured and the families of the victims: Canadians are thinking of you,” he said.

US President Joe Biden said in a statement he had offered the federal government’s full support to affected communities and “urged federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter.”

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Mayor Mary R. Rotering said the community was “terrorized by an act of violence that shook us to the core.”

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“Our hearts go out to the families of the victims at this devastating time. On a day when we came together to celebrate community and freedom, we instead mourn the tragic loss of life and grapple with the terror that has been brought upon us,” she said.

Highland Park is a tight-knit community of approximately 30,000 residents on the shores of Lake Michigan just north of Chicago. The quaint American suburb with its lakeside mansions and estates has been featured in films such as Ferris Bueller’s day Out of and was once home to NBA star Michael Jordan while he was playing for the Chicago Bulls. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, it is nearly 90 percent white, but about a third of the population is Jewish.

Empty chairs line the sidewalk after parade-goers fled the Highland Park July 4th parade after gunfire rang out Monday, July 4, 2022 in Chicago.

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Gina Troiani and her son were ready to walk the parade route on Monday when she heard a loud noise that she thought was fireworks until others said it was a gunman, she told the Associated Press.

“We just start walking in the opposite direction,” she said.

“It was just kind of a mess… There were people who were being separated from their families and were looking for them. Others just dropped their car, grabbed their kids and started running.”

Video footage shows gunfire as the parade, with hundreds of participants, was underway.

A US Representative for Illinois, Brad Schneider, tweeted that he was at the parade when the shooting began and that he and his team are safe.

The US has grappled with a string of mass shootings recently, including one at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 people and another at a convenience store in a mostly black neighborhood in Buffalo, NY that killed 10 people died.

In his message, Schneider said he is committed to making communities safer and “enough is enough,” and Biden added that there is still work to be done.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday that mass shootings have become a “weekly American tradition.”

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“This madness has to stop.”

Police from several local communities, including the Illinois State Police, search downtown Highland Park following the mass shooting at the Fourth of July Parade on Monday, July 4, 2022 in Chicago.

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The shooting is likely to reignite America’s debate about gun control and whether stricter measures can prevent increasingly frequent mass shootings in the country.

After the Uvalde and Buffalo shootings, Congress last month passed its first major federal gun reform in three decades, allocating federal funding to states passing “red flag” laws aimed at removing guns from people identified as considered dangerous.

It does not ban the sale of assault rifles or high-capacity magazines, but it does take some steps to background check by allowing access to information about serious crimes committed by juveniles.

– with files from Associated Press and Reuters

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