Highland Park Updates: After a shooting attack on an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, which left six people dead, US authorities have detained a suspect. After a brief pursuit, Robert E. Crimo III, 22, was apprehended, according to authorities. With a powerful rifle, the shooter scaled a roof and began firing haphazardly at onlookers.
There has been a mass shooting in the US every week in 2022, making this the most recent instance. The violence, according to President Joe Biden, “shocked” him. After a manhunt, Mr. Crimo was apprehended. He was listed as a “person of interest” in the shooting on Monday, but after his arrest, police stated they thought he was the shooter.
Just a few minutes after the march started, at about 10:15 local time (15:15 GMT), the gunman started shooting at bystanders from the rooftop of a store.
MEMORIALS FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE INCIDENT ON JULY 4.
What should have been a day of celebration rapidly devolved into fear, with people fleeing the scene while pushing strollers, purses, and lawn chairs were left behind. According to some witnesses, the sound of gunfire was mistaken for fireworks or a car backfiring.
When the shooting broke out, one man who was eating breakfast at a Starbucks nearby told the BBC that 30 people rushed into the cafe in search of safety. However, they were all forced to leave because they believed the shooter was attempting to enter through.
One adult died later in the hospital, leaving five adults dead at the site. At least twenty other people suffered injuries. Nicolas Toledo, a guy in his late 70s who needed full-time care and was only there because his family did not want him to miss the event, has been identified as one of those who passed away. His granddaughter Xochil Toledo posted on GoFundMe, “What was supposed to be a wonderful family day turned into a dreadful nightmare for us all.”
“WE ARE A BROKEN, NUMB FAMILY. WE OFFER OUR CONDOLENCES TO ALL THE OTHER FAMILIES WHO TODAY LOST A LOVED ONE.”
Jacki Sundheim, a “beloved” member who taught and attended services at her local synagogue, has also been identified as a victim of the massacre. A statement from the North Shore Congregation Israel synagogue said, “There are no words to adequately express the depth of our grief for Jacki’s passing and sympathy for her family and loved ones.”
Social media companies suspended accounts that appeared to belong to Mr. Crimo, who used an alias to post rap videos as well as videos with violent themes like shootings and gun violence. Along with greeting Mr. Trump’s motorcade in person, he also uploaded photos of himself wearing a Donald Trump flag and a video.
The attack in Highland Park comes just a month after deadly shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York.
Illinois Governor Jay Robert Pritzker warned that mass shootings were becoming an “American tradition”.
“There are going to be people who are going to say that today is not the day, that now is not the time to talk about guns. I’m telling you there is no better day and no better time then right here and right now,” the Democratic governor said.
President Biden vowed to keep fighting “the epidemic of gun violence” in the country. “I’m not going to give up,” he said, speaking outside the White House in Washington. Last week, the president signed the first significant federal bill on gun safety in nearly 30 years.
The governor of Illinois, Jay Robert Pritzker, issued a warning that mass shootings were “becoming an American habit.”
“There will be those who will argue that discussing guns at this time is inappropriate because it is not the right day or time to do so. You have to believe me when I say that there is no better day or time than this very moment “The governor, a Democrat, said.
THE NATION’S “EPIDEMIC OF GUN VIOLENCE,” ACCORDING TO PRESIDENT BIDEN, WILL CONTINUE TO BE COMBATED.
Speaking in front of the White House in Washington, he declared, “I’m not going to give up.” The first important federal legislation on gun safety in nearly 30 years was signed by the president last week.
The first important federal legislation on gun safety in nearly 30 years was signed by the president last week. Critics argue that the measures don’t go far enough, despite the fact that it pushes authorities to take away guns from persons deemed a threat and imposes stricter checks on young buyers.