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6 killed, 30 injured in shooting at 4th of July parade in Chicago area

6 killed, 30 injured in shooting at 4th of July parade in Chicago area

6 Killed, 30 Injured In Shooting At 4Th Of July Parade In Chicago Area

by Michael Tarm, Kathleen Foodie and Roger Schneider

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. ( Associated Press) — A gunman opened fire at an Independence Day parade on a rooftop in suburban Chicago on Monday, killing at least six people, injuring at least 30 and killing hundreds of marchers, parents and others. The children were sent on bicycles. Police said that they are running in terror.

A 22-year-old man with an interest in the shooting was taken into police custody on Monday evening after an hour-long search, officials said.

The July 4th shooting was the latest to shatter the customs of American life. Schools, churches, grocery stores and now community parades have all become killing grounds in recent months. This time, bloodshed ensued as the nation tried to find a reason to celebrate its founding and the bonds that still hold it together.

“It is devastating that America’s celebration diverged from our typical American plague,” Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker told a news conference.

“I’m angry because it shouldn’t be this way… While we celebrate the Fourth of July just once a year, mass shootings have become a weekly — yes, weekly — American tradition.”

The shooting took place at a location on the parade route, where many residents had seen key viewing points early in the day for the annual festival. Dozens of bullets sent hundreds of people on the parade – some apparently covered in blood – fled. They left a trail of abandoned objects that depict everyday life suddenly, violently interrupted: a half-eaten bag of potato chips; A box of chocolate cookies fell on the grass; A child’s Chicago Cubs hat.

“There is no safe place,” said 73-year-old Barbara Hurt, a Highland Park resident, who stayed away from the parade for fear of mass shootings but later left her home.

Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogman said a police officer pulled 22-year-old Robert E. Cremo III about five miles north of the shooting site, several hours after police recovered the man’s photo and his silver Honda fit. released an image, and warned the public that he was possibly armed and dangerous.

Police declined to immediately identify Cremo as a suspect, but said identifying him as a person of interest, publicly sharing his name and other information was a serious step.

Christopher Cowelly, spokesman for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, said at a news conference that “many of the deceased victims” died on the spot and one was taken to hospital and died there. Police have not released details about the victims or the injured.

Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said five people killed in the parade were adults, but did not know about a sixth victim who was taken to hospital and died there. One of those killed was a Mexican national, Roberto Velasco, Mexico’s director of North American affairs, said on Twitter on Monday. He said two other Mexicans were injured.

26 patients were found after the attack at Northshore University Health Center. Dr. Brigham Temple, medical director of emergency preparedness, said everyone except one had bullet wounds. Their ages ranged from 8 to 85, and Temple estimated that four or five patients were children.

The temple said 19 of them were treated and discharged. Others were transferred to other hospitals, while two patients remained at Highland Park Hospital in stable condition.

Officials said the shooter opened fire around 10:15 a.m. when the parade was almost three-quarters up.

Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill, the incident commander at the scene, said the gunman used a “high-powered rifle” to fire from a spot above a commercial building where he was “very difficult to see.” ” He said that the rifle has been recovered from the spot. Police also found a ladder attached to the building.

“Very random, very intentional and very sad day,” Covelli said.

President Joe Biden said on Monday that he and First Lady Jill Biden were “shocked by the senseless gun violence that has again hurt an American community this Independence Day.” He said he has “enhanced federal law enforcement to assist in the immediate search for the shooter, who remains at large at this time.”

Biden signed the most comprehensive gun violence bill passed by Congress in decades, an agreement that simultaneously shows both progress and deep-seated partisan divisions on a long-standing issue.

Police believe there was only one shooter but warned that he should still be considered armed and dangerous. Several nearby cities canceled events including parades and fireworks, some of them noting that the Highland Park shooter was still at large. Evanston, Deerfield, Skokie, Waukegan and Glencoe canceled events. The Chicago White Sox also announced on Twitter that a planned post-game fireworks show has been canceled due to shooting.

More than 100 law enforcement officers were called to the parade site or sent to search for the suspected shooter.

On Monday evening, more than a dozen police officers surrounded a house listed as an address for Cremo in Highland Park. Some officers were holding rifles while eyeing the house. A large armored truck, marked “Police Rescue Vehicle”, occupied the middle of the road near the residence. Police blocked roads leading to the house in a tree-lined neighborhood near a golf course, allowing only law enforcement cars to pass through a tight outer perimeter.

Highland Park is an intimate community of about 30,000 people located on the shores of Lake Michigan north of Chicago, with mansions and sprawling lakeside estates that have long made the wealthy and sometimes famous, including NBA legend Michael Jordan. including those who lived here. City for years when he played for the Chicago Bulls. John Hughes filmed parts of several films in the city, including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “Sixteen Candles” and “Strange Science”.

Pritzker, a Democrat, pledged support to the community as well as to bring the gunman to justice.

“There is no word for the kind of evil that appears at a public celebration of freedom, hides on a roof and shoots innocent people with an assault rifle,” Pritzker said.

Ominous signs of a joyous event suddenly turned into panic on both sides of Central Avenue where the shooting took place. Dozens of baby strollers – some American flags, abandoned children’s bikes and a helmet with images of Cinderella – were left behind. Blankets, lawn chairs, coffee and water bottles were broken as people fled.

Gina Troyani and her son were lined up with their daycare class ready to walk the parade route when she heard a loud sound she believed to be fireworks—until she told people about a shooter. Didn’t hear screaming. In the video Troyani shot on his phone, some children were startled by the loud sound, and they scrambled on the side of the road as sirens sounded nearby.

“We just start running in the opposite direction,” she told the Associated Press.

Her 5-year-old son was riding his bike adorned with red and blue curved ribbons. He and the other kids in the group had small American flags. The city said on its website that the festivities were to include a children’s bike and pet parade.

Troyani said he pushed his son’s bike, running through the neighborhood to get back to his car.

“It was just like chaos,” she said. “There were people who were separated from their families, looking for them. Others simply dropped their wagons, grabbed their children and started running. ,

Highland Park resident Debbie Glickman said she was on a parade float with colleagues and the group was preparing to head to the main street when she saw people running through the area.

“People started saying: ‘There’s a shooter, there’s a shooter, there’s a shooter,'” Glickman told the Associated Press. “So we just ran. We just ran. It’s like massive chaos out there.”

He didn’t hear any noise or see anyone who was injured.

“I’m so nervous,” she said. “It’s just so sad.”


Foodie contributed from Chicago. Associated Press writers Mike Balsamo in New York, David Koenig in Dallas, Jeff Martin in Woodstock, Georgia and Fabiola Sanchez in Monterey, Mexico contributed reporting.

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