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Personal effects were left at the scene of a mass shooting along a parade route in Highland Park, Illinois on Monday.

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Personal effects were left at the scene of a mass shooting along a parade route in Highland Park, Illinois on Monday.

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What started as a beloved 4th of July tradition ended in tragedy after a gunman opened fire during a holiday parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois on Monday morning, killing six people and wounding dozens more.

Robert E. Crimo III is the suspected shooter, said Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering morning edition on Tuesday morning. She said charges are expected shortly.

Police first identified Crimo – who is 22 according to the Highland Park Police Department and 21 according to the FBI – as a person of interest on Monday. He was taken into custody later that night after an hour-long manhunt when a police officer stopped him for a traffic stop.

Authorities said the suspect used a high-powered rifle to fire into the crowd from the roof of a nearby business, which he allegedly accessed with an unsecured ladder attached to the building.

The suspect is not a resident of Highland Park and obtained the gun legally, Rotering said morning editionin what she described as a violation of local law.

Indeed, in 2013, Highland Park became one of the first localities to ban weapons like semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines. But as Rotering noted, laws differ in cities in Illinois and neighboring states like Wisconsin and Indiana. She calls for greater collaboration between states to prevent similar tragedies from unfolding in more hometowns.

“We know that in so many of these mass shootings that are now becoming weekly events, the guns are obtained legally,” she said. “It should tell us all that the laws aren’t doing their job, if people can’t go out and enjoy a 4th of July parade with their grandparents without fear. We don’t need to become a nation so militarized that we cannot enjoy the freedoms that people fought for 246 years ago.”

Here’s what else we know so far:

The alleged shooter had posted violent images online

The alleged shooter is an aspiring rapper who goes by the name “Awake the Rapper” and posts music videos on YouTube and other social media platforms.

NPR’s Cheryl Corley told Morning Edition that some of the videos are “ominous and violent,” including one that shows a stick figure with an automatic rifle and a person lying in a pool of blood. Another shows a person in a classroom donning a tactical helmet and vest and reaching for a backpack.

Those videos have since been deleted, Corley reports.

Rotering, the mayor, told NBC she doesn’t believe the suspect was previously known to police, but that several of his online posts ‘reflected a plan and a desire to commit carnage long in advance’. .

She also said she knew him when he was a Cub Scout and she was the Cub Scout leader.

His family is known in the community, according to Corley. His father runs a convenience store in the area and ran for mayor of Highland Park in 2019, losing to Rotering by more than 2-1.

He was taken into custody after a police chase

Crimo, then a person of interest, was taken into custody approximately eight hours after the shooting.

Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen said during a Monday night briefing that an officer spotted him driving a silver Honda Fit in north Chicago and pulled him over during a a traffic check. The man attempted to flee but the officer called for reinforcements and, after a brief chase, apprehended him without incident.

Rotering said morning edition that she understands that the suspect was able to evade the police for so long by “driving everywhere”.

“I think they were able to achieve it at some point with the incredible cooperation of multiple agencies, city police departments, FBI, ATF, Illinois State Police “, she added.

Notably, Monday’s shooting came in the wake of high-profile mass shootings in New York and Texas, and as outrage continued to mount over the police killing of 25-year-old Jayland Walker in Akron, Ohio. , last week.

Talk to morning edition About the case on Tuesday, Brookings Institution colleague Rashawn Ray drew a distinction between how police apprehended Walker, who is black, and white criminal suspects like Crimo.

“The important point is that Jayland Walker was unarmed at the time he was killed, and many people consider that to be a stretch, compared to a white man who recently killed police officers, compared to yesterday the day of Independence, a person who shoots at a crowd of people, kills people and is peacefully apprehended,” he said.

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An armed law enforcement officer patrols the scene of the July 4 parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois on Monday.

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The majority of the injured were treated for gunshot wounds

Those injured in Monday’s shooting ranged in age from 8 to 85, including four or five children.

Member station WBEZ reports that dozens of people were taken to several area hospitals and while the vast majority were treated for gunshot wounds, some were injured while fleeing the chaotic scene.

Dr Brigham Temple of Highland Park Hospital said 25 of the 26 people treated were gunshot victims and 19 of them had been treated and released.

Highland Park Fire Chief Joe Schrage said crews on the scene responded quickly and witnesses helped tie tourniquets.

Details emerge about the victims

Five of the six victims of the attack were adults who died at the scene, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek, and the sixth victim died at a local hospital.

Some have been publicly identified by their relatives.

Among them, Nicolas Toledo, who came from Mexico several months ago to stay with his family. His granddaughter, Xochil Toledo, told WBEZ they were enjoying the parade when bullets started raining towards them.

Three of them hit his grandfather. Another punched his father in the arm as he tried to protect him. Her boyfriend was shot in the back as he tried to flee.

“He was the one who saved our lives,” she said of her grandfather. “It would have gone to me, my boyfriend or my cousins.”

The family created a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses. The fundraiser honors the “father of eight and grandfather of many” as loving, creative, adventurous and funny.

“As a family we are broken and numb,” they wrote. “Our condolences go out to all the other families who have lost a [loved] one today.”

North Shore Congregation Israel said in a statement that one of the victims was Jacki Sundheim, whom it described as a lifelong devotee and longtime member of its staff.

“Jacki’s hard work, kindness and warmth have touched us all, from her early days teaching at Gates of Learning Preschool to guiding countless of us through the joys and sadness of life as coordinator of events and B’nei Mitzvahs – all with tireless dedication,” the synagogue wrote.

He added that “there are not enough words to express the depth of our grief over Jacki’s death and our sympathy for her family and loved ones.”

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Police have arrested a suspect in connection with Monday’s parade shooting, the aftermath of which is pictured here.

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A witness describes the chaotic scene

The parade on Monday July 4 was the first in the suburbs since before the pandemic. The scene quickly turned to fear and panic when the gunman began firing around 10:14 a.m. local time, authorities said.

It’s unclear exactly how many shots were fired, but several witnesses say they heard 20 to 25 shots in quick succession.

Jessica Antes, one of the show hosts, says morning edition that it took a while for people to realize what was going on.

“We were like 10, 15 minutes, and literally my co-host Ryan and I, we looked at each other, we were like, this must be fireworks, right? Someone set off fireworks,'” she recalled. “And then we just saw people scatter and scream.”

Miles Zaremski also told NPR that he initially mistook the gunshots for a rolling car or fireworks. Then came the scramble.

“And then I carefully moved forward a bit, and all of a sudden I see blood on the cement, he said. “And I see individuals in pools of blood…and I knew that there was a mass shooting.”

Alexander Sandoval, who went to the parade with his family and their dog, told NPR it was a terrifying day.

“I put my son, my little brother and the pup in the dumpster, and I ran to get my partner and saw people on the ground getting shot,” Sandoval recalled. “And all I wanted to do was pick up my phone, call, make sure we were going to be together, and get out of there.”

The holidays saw half a dozen mass shootings

The Highland Park parade incident was one of many mass shootings that took place across the country on July 4.

According to a Gun Violence Archive tracker, one person was killed and a total of 18 injured in five other mass shootings in Massachusetts, California, Missouri, Virginia and Chicago.

The nonprofit defines mass shootings as incidents in which four or more victims (excluding the shooter) are shot and injured or killed. By their tally, there have already been 314 mass shootings in the United States this year.


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