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Chicago shooting: manhunt continues as person of interest in Fourth of July attack named – latest updates


Just moments ago, Deputy Chief Chris Covelli of the Lake county sheriff’s office held a news conference with reporters. Here’s what we learned.

  • Covelli said the search for the gunman continued and urged witnesses to turn over security footage and photos to authorities to assist the investigation. “Investigators are combing through social media to see if there’s any clues or information that they can uncover,” he said.
  • He declined to give details about the that was recovered, saying only that it was a “high-powered rifle”. Spectators at the parade appeared to the target.
  • Covelli said authorities believe the gunman fired from the rooftop of a local business. “All indications is he was discreet and he was very difficult to see.”
  • He stressed that the gunman remained at large, warning: “Could this happen again? We don’t know what his intentions are at this point.”
  • Cdr Chris O’Neill of the Highland police said that officers assigned to the parade ran in the direction of the shooting when gunfire erupted at 10.14am local time. (It is common for police or other law enforcement officials to be stationed alongside parade routes for traffic control and public safety.)

Just to give a sense of how many high-profile shootings the US experiences, the Associated Press produced a list of those in just the last few months.

Vestavia Hills, Alabama: At least two people died and another was hospitalized on 16 June after a shooting at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in a Birmingham suburb.

Duncanville, Texas: Police shot and killed a man who fired gunshots on 13 June at a Dallas-area gymnasium where at least 150 children were attending a day camp.

Chattanooga, Tennessee: Three people died and 14 people were injured in a shooting on 5 June in front of a restaurant. Three people have been arrested.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Three people died and 11 others were injured on 4 June on a busy block in Philadelphia during a melee that began with a fistfight and was followed by random gunfire.

Dayton, Ohio: An incarcerated person being treated at a hospital shot and killed a security guard on 1 June, pointed the weapon at others and killed himself in a parking lot.

Tulsa, Oklahoma: A gunman killed his surgeon and three other people at a medical office on 1 June. The gunman killed himself as police arrived.

Uvalde, Texas: An 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two adults at Robb elementary school on 24 May in the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade. More than 15 other people were wounded. Law enforcement killed the attacker.

Chicago, Illinois: A shooting killed two people and injured seven others on 19 May just blocks from the Magnificent Mile shopping district. Two men have been charged.

Laguna Woods, California: One person was killed and five others injured on 15 May after a man opened fire on Taiwanese parishioners in southern California.

Buffalo, New York: A white gunman opened fire on 14 May at a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood, killing 10 people and injuring others. He has been charged with federal hate crimes that could carry the death penalty if he is convicted.

Authorities identify Robert “Bobby” E Crimo as “person of interest”

Robert “Bobby” E Crimo III, 22, has been identified as a person of interest in a massive manhunt for the gunman of a shooting at a Highland Park Independence Day parade that left at least six people dead.

Authorities believe he’s driving a 2010 silver Honda Fit. Deputy Chief Chris Covelli of the Lake county sheriff’s office said he is considered “armed and dangerous”. He goes by “Bobby” and is believed to be from the area, police said.

Covelli urged the public to be “very vigilant”.

Police were working to determine whether the person of interest was still in the area or had fled and were asking anyone with information to come forward, he said.

Police said they would release photos shortly.

The next press conference is scheduled for 6pm local time and the governor is expected to attend.

Addressing the nation from the White House on July Fourth, Joe Biden made fleeting reference to the mass shooting in Highland Park.

“Y’all heard what happened today,” Biden said, hours after the shooting in Highland Park. “Each day we’re reminded there’s nothing guaranteed about our democracy – nothing guaranteed about our way of life. You have to fight for it, defend it and earn it by voting.”

He noted the gun control law he signed last month, a bill that broke decades of gridlock on the issue. “Things will get better still, but not without more hard work together,” he said, as part of an optimistic Independence Day speech that touched obliquely on the supreme court’s decisions that invalidated the constitutional right to abortion, expanded gun rights and hobbled the federal government’s ability to fight the climate crisis.

In recent days, there’s been reason to think that this country is moving backwards,” he said. “That freedom is being reduced, that rights we assumed were protected are no longer – a reminder that we remain in an ongoing battle for the soul of America, as we have for over 200 years. I know it can be exhausting and unsettling. But tonight, I want you to know: we’re gonna get through all of this.”

Brigham Temple, the medical director of immediate care medicine at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Illinois, said the hospital received 26 patients, 25 of whom sustained gunshot wounds.

“Some of them were minor, some of them were more severe,” he said. The ages ranged from eight to 85, he said. He was not sure how many children had been injured but said it was at least four or five. He said 19 of those injured were able to be discharged. Two remain at the hospital in stable condition, while the others were transferred to nearby hospitals for treatment.

He praised the response from the medical team. The hospital system sent out a special alert to notify medical staff of a “mass casualty” event and doctors and nurses responded to the call.

Mark Talamonti, chairman of the department of surgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem, said the response was “nothing short of heroic”.

During a visit to a fire station in Santa Monica, Vice-President Kamala Harris said she still intends to travel to Chicago on Tuesday to speak at the National Education Association convention.

Harris said that she had just been telling the firefighters that she was preparing to discuss the ways in which gun violence and fears of mass shootings have compounded the already difficult job of being a teacher in America. She noted ruefully that the remarks on gun violence were prepared even before Monday’s shooting in Highland Park.

They go to school to learn how to teach our children, to inspire their ambition, to create the future generations of leaders, and our teachers are also in training to deal with an active shooter,” she said, previewing her remarks. “Our teachers are having to learn how to put a tourniquet on a kid if they have been shot.”

And so when we look at the issue of gun violence, and when we look at the dangers that it presents to communities, it ranges and it is something that we should take very seriously.

Nicolas Toledo was among the victims killed in Monday’s shooting, his family confirmed to CBS Chicago.

“We are all feeling pretty numb. We’re all pretty broken inside,” his granddaughter told the news station, which shared two photos of Toledo in a tweet.

The family of Nicolas Toledo tells me he was one of the people shot and killed at the Highland Park 4th of July Parade. “We are all feeling pretty numb. We’re all pretty broken inside,” his granddaughter said. She shared these photos with @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/rDtiq5ijrL

— Tim McNicholas (@TimMcNicholas) July 4, 2022

Authorities: gunman still at large hours after Highland Park shooting

Hours after the shooting, authorities have still not arrested the gunman, Commander Chris O’Neill of the Highland Park police told reporters at the latest press briefing. “A very active apprehension effort is currently under way,” he said, urging anyone with information to come forward.

He also noted that the Highland Park police station is reunification site for family and friends separated during the shooting.

The Lake County coroner, Jennifer Banek, said six people have died so far as a result of the shooting. All have been identified and authorities are working to notify their families.

Banek said five of the decedents were found dead at the scene. A sixth victim died at a local hospital. At least five of the people killed were adults.

Joe Schrage, the fire chief of Highland Park, said the fire department transported 23 victims to local hospitals, and more went to the hospital independently. There was at least one child transported in critical condition from the shooting scene. Schrage said he did not know the “outcome”.

Schrage said first responders were already on the scene for the parade and were able to administer first aid immediately, almost certainly saving lives.

Deputy Chief Chris Covelli of the Lake county sheriff’s office said the gun was being “heavily investigated” by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Covelli would not say whether they had identified the shooter, but believed that there was only one gunman.

O’Neill said that police are working to evacuate those who are sheltering in place within the police perimeter. Asked about the duration of the shooting, O’Neill said the shooting unfolded quickly, the gunman fired “numerous” shots, and then he fled. “It was very expeditious, it was pretty quick and then the offender had fled the scene,” he said.

Covelli said it appeared the gunman accessed the roof using a ladder in the alley.

An American tradition cut short by a “uniquely” American tragedy. Gunshots rained on spectators at a July Fourth parade in Highland Park, an affluent suburb north of Chicago.

Footage shows attendees fleeing the scene as gun shots ring out, leaving behind water coolers, lawn chairs and American flags. In the chaotic rush to safety, parents were separated from children participating in the parade. At least six people were killed and two dozen injured, authorities said.

Images from the scene showed bloodied parade-goers fleeing.

Below are accounts from witnesses who were there, including footage from Lynn Sweet, a well known columnist at the Chicago-Sun Times. In the video, a band on a float festooned with red, white and blue continues to play as panicked onlookers run past.

A park official who was helping organize the parade told ABC News that he his first thought was that fireworks had been set off in someone’s backpack. But when the pops didn’t stop, he realized it was gun fire and immediately began helping those around him evacuate.

At the time of the interview, he was safe, sheltering in place, and trying to help parents re-connect with their children.

Gina Troiani told the Associated Press that she and her son were lined up with his daycare class to walk in the parade when she first heard the gunshots, which she thought were fireworks until she heard people shout that it was a shooter.

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

“It was just sort of chaos,” she added. “There were people that got separated from their families, looking for them. Others just dropped their wagons, grabbed their kids and started running.”

Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times, Alexander Sandoval, he and his family were separated in the chaos. He grabbed his 5-year-old son Alex, and fled, while his partner ran in another direction with her 6-year-old daughter Melani.

“I grabbed my son and tried to break into one of the local buildings, but I couldn’t,” Sandoval recounted to the paper. “The shooting stopped. I guess he was reloading. So I kept running and ran into an alley and put my son in a garbage dumpster so he could be safe.”

The AP also spoke to Debbie Glickman, a Highland Park resident, who was on a parade float with coworkers when she saw people running.

“People started saying: ‘There’s a shooter, there’s a shooter, there’s a shooter,”’ she told the Associated Press. “So we just ran. We just ran. It’s like mass chaos down there.”

“I’m so freaked out,” Glickman said. “It’s just so sad.”

Biden condemns ‘senseless act of violence’ in Highland Park

In a new statement, Biden condemned the shooting in Highland Park as a “senseless act of violence” and vowed to deliver the “full support of the federal government to assist.” As the search continues for the gunman, Biden said he had “surged” the federal law enforcement response and was monitoring the situation closely.

Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day. As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene. I have spoken to Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering, and have offered the full support of the Federal government to their communities. I also surged federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who remains at large at this time.

Members of the community should follow guidance from leadership on the ground, and I will monitor closely as we learn more about those whose lives have been lost and pray for those who are in the hospital with grievous injuries.

Biden, who returned to Washington from Camp David earlier this afternoon to mark July 4th at the White House, noted in his statement that he recently signed into law a bipartisan bill that aims to keep firearms away from dangerous people. But he said it was not enough.

“I recently signed the first major bipartisan gun reform legislation in almost thirty years into law, which includes actions that will save lives,” he said. “But there is much more work to do, and I’m not going to give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence.”

Just moments ago, Deputy Chief Chris Covelli of the Lake county sheriff’s office held a news conference with reporters. Here’s what we learned.

  • Covelli said the search for the gunman continued and urged witnesses to turn over security footage and photos to authorities to assist the investigation. “Investigators are combing through social media to see if there’s any clues or information that they can uncover,” he said.
  • He declined to give details about the that was recovered, saying only that it was a “high-powered rifle”. Spectators at the parade appeared to the target.
  • Covelli said authorities believe the gunman fired from the rooftop of a local business. “All indications is he was discreet and he was very difficult to see.”
  • He stressed that the gunman remained at large, warning: “Could this happen again? We don’t know what his intentions are at this point.”
  • Cdr Chris O’Neill of the Highland police said that officers assigned to the parade ran in the direction of the shooting when gunfire erupted at 10.14am local time. (It is common for police or other law enforcement officials to be stationed alongside parade routes for traffic control and public safety.)

In a new statement, the Illinois governor, JB Pritzker, a Democrat, said there are “no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families and children celebrating a holiday with their community”.

To the victims and the families who lost loved ones in Monday’s shooting, Pritzker said “the state grieves with you.” But he said grief and prayers alone were not enough, vowing to act to “end this plague of gun violence”.

The shooting comes at a tense moment for the nation, still reeling from the massacres in Buffalo, New York, where a gunman killed 10 people in a racist attack on a grocery store, and in Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers.

Last month, Joe Biden signed into law a bipartisan gun bill crafted in the wake of the attacks intended to keep dangerous individuals from obtaining firearms while bolstering investments in the nation’s mental health system. The legislation, while modest, was celebrated as a major breakthrough after nearly three decades of gridlock in Washington over how to address gun violence in the US.

Advocates applauded the measure, but said it was far from enough. Monday’s shooting at the Independence Day parade in Highland Park is likely to renew calls for more aggressive action to prevent mass shootings in America, which continue to occur at a shocking rate.

Meanwhile the location of the shooting – near Chicago, which has a high rate of gun violence and in Illinois, which has strict gun laws – will likely fuel conservative talking points that Chicago is “proof” that gun laws don’t work are misguided. But those claims are misguided, experts say.

Illinois shares borders states that have weak gun laws, such as Indiana and Wisconsin, and studies have found that a substantial percentage of the guns recovered at crime scenes in Chicago – a majority, according to a 2017 analysis by one estimation, were purchased in other states.

Nancy Rotering, mayor of Highland Park, said the search for the gunman was ongoing and urged residents to continue sheltering in place.

Our community was terrorized by an act of violence that has shaken us to our core. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims during this devastating time. On a day that we came together to celebrate community and freedom, we’re instead mourning the tragic loss of life and struggling with the terror that was brought upon us,” she said at a press conference.

Footage posted by on social media on Monday showed people running for safety as gunshots could be heard at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, near Chicago.

Warning: some viewers may find the following footage distressing.

People run as gunshots heard at Chicago Fourth of July parade – video

Highland Park’s congressman, Brad Schneider, a Democrat, said he and his campaign team were at the start of the parade when the shooting began. All are safe.

“My condolences to the family and loved ones; my prayers for the injured and for my community; and my commitment to do everything I can to make our children, our towns, our nation safer,” he wrote on Twitter. “Enough is enough!”

Today a shooter struck in Highland Park during the Independence Day parade. My campaign team and I were gathering at the start of the parade when shooting started. My team and I are safe and secure. We are monitoring the situation closely and in touch with the Mayor.

— Rep. Brad Schneider (@RepSchneider) July 4, 2022

Chicago’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, said the Chicago police department is providing assistance, in a statement posted to Twitter.

“Law enforcement is working hard to bring the shooter into custody,” she wrote on Twitter. “If anyone has information, we encourage them to call 911 and report what you know.”

The tragedy unfolding in Highland Park is devastating. I have been in contact with Mayor Rotering and have offered our support, and the Chicago Police Department is providing assistance. We grieve with the families of the deceased and injured as well as

— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 4, 2022

Here’s what we know so far following a press conference with Highland Park police.

  • At least six people and at least two dozen are injured, most with serious injuries, after gunfire erupted at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, an affluent suburb of Chicago.
  • Police said the search for the suspect continues, and that they had put a perimeter in place around the downtown area.
  • Residents are being asked to shelter in place.
  • Police believe the gunman opened fire from the rooftop of a building, using a rifle. A firearm was recovered at the scene.
  • Cdr Chris O’Neil of the Highland Park police department said the shooting began shortly after the parade began at 10am local time. The event was abruptly halted and celebrations in neighboring communities have been cancelled.
  • O’Neil described the suspect as a white male about 18 to 20 years old, wearing a white or blue T-shift.

At least six dead, 24 injured in mass shooting at July 4th parade in Chicago suburb

Good afternoon.

Just moments ago authorities confirmed that at least six people were killed and at least two dozen more people were injured after gunfire erupted at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, an affluent suburb north of Chicago. The search for the gunman continues, the Highland Park Police said.

This is a breaking news story and we’ll bring you the most updated information as it arrives throughout the day. Thank you for reading.





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