The Chicago shooting suspect wanted for the shooting at the Chicago-area parade has been arrested, police
HIGHLAND PARK, Illinois – An hours-long manhunt ended with the capture of a 22-year-old man who was named as a person of interest in a shooting during an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago that left at least six people dead, at least 30 injured, and hundreds of people running.
Police chased Robert E. Crimo III momentarily as he drove five miles north of the scene of the shooting, according to Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen on Monday night, before the guy pulled over and was apprehended.
Crimo was named as a person of interest by police, who indicated that while they chose not to immediately name him as a suspect, doing so was a serious move.
The shooting on July 4th was only the most recent incident to disrupt American culture. In recent months, killing grounds have expanded to include schools, churches, supermarkets, and now community parades. This time, the bloodshed occurred as the country looked for an occasion to commemorate its founding and the ties that continue to bind it.
At a press conference, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker observed, “It is sad that a celebration of America was torn apart by our distinctively American plague.”
“I’m angry because it doesn’t have to be this way… mass shootings have turned into a weekly — yes, weekly — American habit, whereas we only celebrate the Fourth of July once a year.”
On the parade route, where many locals had staked out great viewing areas early in the day for the traditional event, the shooting took place. Hundreds of parade attendees fled after being hit by dozens of gunshots, some of which were clearly bled. They left behind abandoned objects that revealed how abruptly and violently daily life had been disrupted: A child’s Chicago Cubs cap, a box of chocolate cookies that was spilt on the lawn, and a bag of potato chips that had been partially consumed.
Barbara Harte, a 73-year-old resident of Highland Park who had avoided the march out of concern for a mass shooting, declared that there is no safe place.
According to Christopher Covelli, spokesman for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, “many of the deceased individuals” perished at the site and one was transferred to a hospital where they passed afterwards. The victims’ or injured’s identities have not been made public by the police.
The six victims, who were taken to a hospital and died there, were adults, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek, who said she didn’t know anything about the five people who died during the parade. According to Roberto Velasco, Mexico’s director for North American affairs, one of those slain was a citizen of Mexico. He said that two more Mexicans had been hurt.
After the attack, NorthShore University Health Center saw 26 patients. According to Dr. Brigham Temple, the medical director of emergency preparation, all but one suffered gunshot wounds. Ages varied from 8 to 85, and according to Temple, four or five of the patients were kids.
Temple said that 19 of them received care and were released. While two patients remained at the Highland Park hospital in stable condition, others were moved to other facilities.
Around 10:15 a.m., when the march was roughly 75 percent complete, the shooter started firing, according to authorities.
According to Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill, the incident commander on the scene, the shooter fired shots from a position atop a business building where he was “extremely difficult to see” using a “high-powered rifle.” He said that the rifle was found on the site. The building’s ladder was also discovered by the police.
Covelli described the day as “extremely random, very deliberate, and a very terrible day.”
On Monday, First Lady Jill Biden and President Joe Biden expressed their sorrow at the “senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day.” He said that he had “urged Federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who is currently at large.”
The most comprehensive gun violence legislation passed by Congress in decades was signed by Vice President Biden, demonstrating at once both progress on a previously intractable topic and the ongoing, profound party gap.
Despite their belief that there was just one shooter, police issued a warning that he should still be seen as dangerous and armed. Several adjacent cities postponed parades and fireworks displays while some mentioned that the Highland Park shooter was still on the loose. Events were postponed in Evanston, Deerfield, Skokie, Waukegan, and Glencoe. The Chicago White Sox also tweeted that the shooting had forced them to cancel their post-game fireworks display.
In order to find the alleged gunman, more than 100 law enforcement personnel were sent to the parade site.
A residence in Highland Park that was listed as the address for Crimo was surrounded by more than a dozen police officers on Monday night. As they focused on the house, some of the officers clutched weapons in their hands. Near the house, a sizable armored truck with the sign “Police Rescue Vehicle” was parked in the middle of the street. Only a few law enforcement vehicles were permitted within a small outer perimeter after police blockedaded the roads leading to the house in a tree-lined neighborhood close to a golf course.
Approximately 30,000 people live in the close-knit community of Highland Park, which is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan just north of Chicago. The area is home to opulent lakeside estates and mansions that have long attracted the rich and famous, including NBA legend Michael Jordan, who resided in Highland Park for many years while he was a member of the Chicago Bulls. The city served as the backdrop for scenes from several John Hughes films, including “Weird Science,” “Sixteen Candles,” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
Democratic candidate Pritzker pledged to support the neighborhood as well as apprehend the shooter.
There are no words to describe the kind of wickedness that appears at a public celebration of freedom, hides on a roof, and uses an assault rifle to kill innocent people, according to Pritzker.
Both sides of Central Avenue, where the shooting took place, were replete with foreboding indicators of a joyful occasion that abruptly turned into horror. Numerous baby carriages, some with American flags, abandoned kids’ bikes, and a helmet decorated with Cinderella imagery were also left behind. As everyone ran away, blankets, lawn chairs, coffee cups, and water bottles were knocked over.
Gina Troiani and her kid were waiting in line to enter the parade route with his daycare class when she heard a loud noise that she initially mistook for fireworks until she heard shouts of a gunman. A siren can be heard nearby as some of the children run to the side of the road in a video that Troiani captured on her phone. The children appear terrified by the loud noise.
According to her, “we just start running in the opposite way.”
Her five-year-old son was riding a bicycle with red and blue curled ribbons attached to it. He and the other kids in the group were waving miniature American flags. A kids’ bike and pet parade was one of the events, according to the city’s website.
Troiani claimed that in order to return to their car, she pushed her son’s bike while rushing through the neighborhood.
She described it as “just sort of mayhem.” “There were people searching for their family after becoming separated from them. Others simply dropped their wagons, grabbed their children, and fled.
Debbie Glickman, a resident of Highland Park, claimed to have been on a parade float with colleagues when she noticed individuals fleeing the scene as the group was about to turn into the main path.
People began yelling, “There’s a shooter, there’s a shooter,” Glickman told the Associated Press. “So we simply fled. We simply fled. There is utter chaos, as it were.
She didn’t notice any sounds or anyone who seemed to be hurt.
She said, “I’m so terrified out. It is quite tragic.