The shooter was targeting spectators attending the traditional 4th of July parade.
At least 6 people, all adults, were killed and 24 others, including a child, were seriously injured in a shooting in Highland Park, north of Chicago, according to the latest report provided by the authorities authorities, who claim to have arrested the main suspect.
Robert Crimo was spotted by the police. He tried to flee. After a brief chase, he was stopped and arrested, CBS Chicago tweeted shortly before 8 p.m. He has so far not been charged, being considered by police to be a person of interest in the investigation. This is about an amateur rapper known as Awake who had been unemployed for two years.
In an interview with Fox 32 Chicago, the young man's uncle indicated that he had met him the day before and had not noticed anything abnormal. He describes him as rather withdrawn, but who didn't seem to present any particular problem. I am heartbroken for the victims, he added.
People watching the parade quickly left their folding chairs behind when the shootout broke out.
The shooting took place at the start of a United States Independence Day parade in this small town on the outskirts of Chicago.
In a conference of press given in the early evening, the authorities had identified the suspect, a 22-year-old white man, who however remained actively sought. He reportedly opened fire around 10:14 a.m., less than a quarter of an hour after the start of the traditional parade.
Lake County Department spokesman Christopher Covelli said the man fired from the roof of a building in the area. A rifle was also found at the crime scene, he said.
While many Americans celebrate the independence of their country in front of the fireworks, in Illinois, an entire community is in shock this evening. In the morning, a mad gunman unloaded his weapon on a crowd gathered at the parade July 4, in the suburbs of Chicago. There are 6 dead and 26 injured, including children. The suspect was finally arrested, after a manhunt, just before 8 p.m. in a country repeatedly shaken by killings. A country increasingly divided. Report by Sébastien Desrosiers.
On this day when we came together to celebrate our community and our freedom, we must instead mourn these tragic losses and fight the terror inflicted on us, said Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering. , during the press conference.
The White House had reacted in the middle of the afternoon by means of a press release.
“Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has once again caused heartbreak in an American community this Independence Day.
—Joe Biden, President of the United States
I recently signed into law the first major bipartisan gun reform bill in nearly 30 years…But there's still a lot of work to do, and I'm not going to give up the fight against guns. x27;epidemic of gun violence, Biden added after clarifying that the federal government was offering full support to the Highland Park community.
Massive deployment policeman at the scene of the shooting. The shooter had not yet been arrested.
I can't get the image of this guy out of my head, told the New York TimesShawn Cotreau, a Bostonian visiting the Chicago area. He was opening fire. And I saw the bullets hit the tree that was literally between us. Mr. Cotreau said the main parade had not reached the square when the shooting began, so the man was shooting at spectators seated around the intersection.
I was right in front of him, then he increased his reach and started to hose down the crowd. And it never stopped. I have a feeling the firing continued for at least three minutes before he reloaded, giving Shawn Cotreau time to get his family to safety.
A Lake County police officer places his hands over his face while walking on Central Avenue in Highland Park, Illinois, where a July 4 shooting claimed multiple lives.
Gina Troiani, accompanied by her son, was with her daycare group. They were ready to take part in the parade with bicycles decorated with red and blue ribbons when she heard a loud bang which she mistook for fireworks, until the moment when people screamed about a shooter.
We started running in the opposite direction, she testified to The Associated Press.< /p>
It was chaos, she said. There were people looking for their families. Others just dropped their carts, grabbed their kids and started running.
With information from The Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times, and New York Times