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Highland Park shooting – live: Police arrest person of interest Robert Crimo in July 4 parade massacre

Bystanders run after hearing gunshots in shooting at July 4 parade in Illinois

At least six people have been killed and dozens more seriously injured in a mass shooting at a July 4 parade in Illinois with the gunman still at large several hours on from the attack.

Police identified a person of interest in the shooting as 22-year-old Robert E Crimo, who was taken into custody several hours later.

Robert E Crimo has been named as a person of interest in the Highland Park July 4th mass shooting

(City of Highland Park)

Gunfire erupted at the parade in Highland Park, near Chicago, about 14 minutes after it kicked off at 10am local time on Monday morning.

Five adult victims died on the scene while a sixth victim succumbed to their injuries in hospital. One of the victims has now been identified as grandfather Nicholas Toledo.

The 26 wounded who were taken to North Shore University Health System ranged in age from 8 to 85, and included five children.

Police described the shooter as a white male aged 18 to 20 years old, with long dark hair, of small build and wearing a white or blue t-shirt.

A rifle was recovered from the roof of a building where the gunman is believed to have taken up his position before opening fire on revellers along the parade route below.


Investigators ask for public’s help

Investigators have asked for the public’s help in identifying the perpetrator and bringing him to justice.

Lake County Major Crime Take Force Sgt Chris Covelli urged witnesses to send in cellphone footage or photos from the parade and for business owners to check their surveillance footage.

“We’re asking anybody with any video surveillance that they may have, please review your cell phones,” he said.

“If you were snapping pictures in the area of Second and Central today, that could help investigators. They may see something in there that may be useful and allow them to proceed further with the investigation.

“Any business owners in that area we’re asking, please, review your video surveillance. If you have any video surveillance of that area at that time, even if you don’t see anything in there, we would love to be able to take a look at that so we can further our investigation.”

Anyone noticing anything suspicious should call 911 or the Highland Park Police Department at 847-432-7730 or the FBI tip line at 800-CALL-FBI.

Rachel Sharp5 July 2022 01:00


Video shows gunfire erupt as people watch parade

Harrowing video has captured the moment gunfire erupted during the July 4 parade in Highland Park.

Footage shows parade-goers relaxing in camping chairs on the sidewalk watching the parade participants march past.

Multiple gunshots are heard ringing out with panicked people looking around before screams fill the air.

Rachel Sharp5 July 2022 00:30


July 4 events cancelled in wake of attack

Several July 4 events have been cancelled in Illinois following the mass shooting at the parade in Highland Park.

The city of Evanston announced it was cancelling its Independence Day parade and celebrations in a social media post.

“Due to a tragic mass shooting that took place earlier this morning in Highland Park, the City of Evanston will be canceling this year’s 4th of July Parade and celebrations effective immediately,” the announcement read.

Evanston also shuttered its swimming beaches in response to the incident.

Meanwhile, the Chicago White Sox said the team’s game against the Minnesota Twins would go ahead as planned on Monday night.

The July 4 fireworks celebration planned for after the game was cancelled however.

Rachel Sharp5 July 2022 00:00


Everything we know about the mass shooting

Six people were killed and at least 24 injured after gunfire erupted at a July 4 parade in the suburban city of Highland Park.

Witnesses reported hearing up to 25 shots fired just after 10am CDT on Monday, which struck several in attendance and sent hundreds of parade-goers — some visibly bloodied — running from the parade route, leaving behind chairs, baby strollers and blankets.

Here’s everything we know so far:

Rachel Sharp4 July 2022 23:30


Photo shows children colouring on shop floor as they hide from active shooter

Bevan Hurley4 July 2022 23:20


A violent first half of 2022

At the halfway point of 2022, the US has seen more than 300 mass shootingers and 15 mass killings.

David Taintor4 July 2022 23:07


Person of interest identified as Robert Crimo

Police have identified Robert Crimo, 22, as a person of interest in the shooting massacre. He resides in the area, according to police.

David Taintor4 July 2022 23:01


Mass shooting was ‘very random, very intentional’

Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Christopher Covelli described the mass shooting as “very random, very intentional”.

“This appears to be completely random,” he said at a 3pm press conference.

“Very random, very intentional, very sad day.”

The motive for the attack remains unclear and the gunman remains at large.

Rachel Sharp4 July 2022 23:00


Bystanders gave medical care to victims on scene

Brave bystanders on the scene of the mass shooting helped to administer medical aid to victims suffering from gunshot wounds, according to law enforcement.

Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill said at a press conference that witnesses quickly “tied tourniquets” and administered “bleed control” to the victims, which he said helped the fire department officials on the scene.

Six people have so far died while at least two dozen more are in hospital following the attack.

Rachel Sharp4 July 2022 22:50


Kamala Harris echoes Biden’s call that there is ‘more work to do’ on gun violence

Vice President Kamala Harris has echoed President Joe Biden in saying that there is “more work to do” on gun violence as she said she is heading to Chicago on Tuesday.

“So the President and I have been in close coordination and we are being briefed on what’s happening right now in terms of the active shooter situation. We are sending federal resources to local law enforcement folks on the ground to make sure that we can help them in terms of the capture of the shooter and any investigation that will follow,” she said.

“But right now we do have an active shooter situation and so we are putting all of the resources possible into monitoring that in a way that we can bring this to a close in terms of also capture of that individual.

“I am going to travel to Chicago tomorrow morning to address the National Association of Educators NEA. And I was just sharing with some of our heroes, our local firefighters that part of what I’m preparing— sadly I was preparing it before, it’s resonant every day—is a whole section on what our teachers go through.

“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. 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. The President recently signed bipartisan legislation to address the issue of gun violence but we clearly have much more to do. Thank you.”

Rachel Sharp4 July 2022 22:35


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