An hours-long manhunt ended with the capture of a 22-year-old man who was named as a person of interest in a shooting during an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago that left at least six people dead, at least 30 injured, and hundreds of people running.
About the suspect:
Police chased Robert E. Crimo III momentarily as he drove five miles north of the scene of the shooting, according to Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen on Monday night, before the guy pulled over and was apprehended. Crimo was named as a person of interest by police, who indicated that while they chose not to immediately name him as a suspect, doing so was a serious move.
The shooting on July 4th was only the most recent incident to disrupt American culture. In recent months, killing grounds have expanded to include schools, churches, supermarkets, and now community parades. This time, the bloodshed occurred as the country looked for an occasion to commemorate its founding and the ties that continue to bind it. At a press conference, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker observed, “It is sad that a celebration of America was torn apart by our distinctively American plague.” “I’m angry because it doesn’t have to be this way… mass shootings have turned into a weekly — yes, weekly — American habit, whereas we only celebrate the Fourth of July once a year.”
On the parade route, where many locals had staked out great viewing areas early in the day for the traditional event, the shooting took place. Hundreds of parade attendees fled after being hit by dozens of gunshots, some of which were clearly bled. They left behind abandoned objects that revealed how abruptly and violently daily life had been disrupted: A child’s Chicago Cubs cap, a box of chocolate cookies that was spilt on the lawn, and a bag of potato chips that had been partially consumed. Barbara Harte, a 73-year-old resident of Highland Park who had avoided the march out of concern for a mass shooting, declared that there is no safe place.
According to Christopher Covelli, spokesman for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, “many of the deceased individuals” perished at the site and one was transferred to a hospital where they passed afterwards. The victims’ or injured’s identities have not been made public by the police.
How did President Joe Biden react to the mass shooting?
On Monday, First Lady Jill Biden and President Joe Biden expressed their sorrow at the “senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day.” He said that he had “urged Federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who is currently at large.” The most comprehensive gun violence legislation passed by Congress in decades was signed by Vice President Biden, demonstrating at once both progress on a previously intractable topic and the ongoing, profound party gap.