At least 6 are dead with more than 30 injured after a deadly shooting during a Fourth of July parade celebration in Highland Park, IL; 22-year-old suspect Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III is in custody. Crimo reportedly opened fire on the parade from a rooftop in the holiday horror that sent hundreds fleeing.
According to the New York Post, “[t]he gunman had turned the parade route filled with families into a ‘battle zone’ within seconds — picking off the innocent Independence Day revelers with a ‘high-powered rifle’ pumping out rapid-fire shots shortly after 10 a.m., authorities and witnesses said.”
“Everyone thought it was fireworks. Everyone said, oh, fireworks and the military people had just gone through with the shotguns, and I was like, something is wrong. I grabbed my dad and started running,” parade watcher Zoe Pawelczak told CNN.
“All of a sudden everyone behind us started running. I looked back, probably 20 feet away from me, I saw a girl shot and killed. The girl I’ve heard on the news with — in blood — I saw her die. I’ve never seen anything like this,” she continued.
Watch Pawelczak describe the scene below:
"A rifle — no, no, it was an automatic weapon," witness at Highland Park parade claims "rifles don't do that." pic.twitter.com/edrs0duiRr
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“This was very random, very intentional, and a very sad day,” said Sgt. Christopher Covelli, of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, during a press update.
“It looks like access to the roof via a ladder in an alley was unsecure,” Covelli said, revealing how the shooter was able to access the roof.
Watch Covelli’s comments below:
Christopher Covelli, from the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, says the gunman is thought to have fired from the roof of a business he may have accessed via a "ladder in an alley" which was "unsecure".https://t.co/PAiZ4D1jU3
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President Biden lead a moment of silence for the victims on Monday night, commenting on the catastrophe, but sounding unsure of the specifics of the event.
From the New York Post…
The president still seemed fuzzy on the details, saying that the ‘Special Service’ was helping local authorities, when he may have meant Secret Service, and he falsely said authorities hadn’t publicly shared the name of the suspect, when they had done so well beforehand.
“On a serious note, you know, there was a shooter, as you well know, in Highland Park in Chicago. And they have — I talked to the governor and to the mayor, we’re given all the help we can possibly give, including FBI and the Special Service,” Biden said.
“Anyway, they’ve identified the individual, they haven’t stated the name and I’m not going to do that now either. But they’re trying to find him and six people have passed [away] and others are wounded. But we got a lot more work to do. We got to get this under control. We got to get this under control.”
— New York Post (@nypost) July 5, 2022