Tuesday 5 July 2022

Individual of interest collared in July 4 parade attack that killed 6, authorities state


HIGHLAND PARK, Ill.-- A person of interest in the July Fourth parade attack that killed six people and injured 38 others in rural Chicago on Monday has actually been apprehended, authorities stated.

Robert "Bobby" E. Crimo III was found in a Honda Fit described as wanted by the FBI in North Chicago, where local police attempted a traffic stop before the man took them on a short pursuit, authorities stated.

At the end of the chase Crimo surrendered in harmony to North Chicago officers, they said.

Chris Covelli of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force said at a press conference Monday night that Crimo "is believed to have actually been responsible for what happened, and the investigation will continue."

Law enforcement officials confirmed that a YouTube page for a quasi-famous hip-hop artist, Awake the Rapper, removed Monday, is associated with Crimo, identified by IMDb and YouTube as an entertainer and producer of emo rap-style music since 2016.

The manhunt started when officers saw an individual they thought was a sniper on a downtown roof. When they approached, he ran away.

Witness Larry Bloom said that initially people thought the popping noise became part of the parade.

" You heard like a 'pop, pop, pop,' and I think everyone kinda believed perhaps it was a display on one of the floats, and after that it just opened," he informed NBC Chicago.

" I was shrieking, and people were screaming," Bloom included. "They were panicking, and they were just scattering, and I, you understand, we didn't understand. You know, it was right on top of us."

5 of the six people who were killed were pronounced dead at the scene, and the 6th victim died at a hospital, Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said.

Dr. Brigham Temple, the medical director of emergency readiness for Northshore Medical Group, stated at a press conference that 26 individuals were initially seen at Highland Park Hospital. Of those, 25, ages 8 to 85, had suffered gunshot wounds.

Nineteen of the patients were treated and released, he said. Among the rest, some remained in important or serious condition, Temple stated. A few were transferred to neighboring trauma centers, he said.

Four or five kids were treated at the healthcare facility, Temple stated.

Six people were taken to Lake Forest Hospital, and 7 were required to Evanston Hospital, Highland Park Fire Chief Joe Schrage stated previously.

Paradegoers who might have lost contact with friends and family members were prompted to go to the Highland Park Police Department to be reunited.

After the shooting, discarded outdoor camping chairs, U.S. flags, plastic cups and other belongings littered the parade route, left by people who had actually come out to celebrate July Fourth before they got away for their lives.

In business district near the scene, lots of individuals were sheltering in companies, waiting for SWAT teams who escorted them out to safety.

Helicopters circled around overhead during the manhunt for the shooter who rained fear on what was expected to have actually been a celebration of the nation's liberty.

The street was dotted with military-style trucks filled with fatigue-clad, armed workers inside and black, windowless vehicles marked "cops rescue lorry."

The shooting, described by police as a "terrible, massive act of violence," intimidated locals of the normally relaxing residential area more than 25 miles outside Chicago. The mean home in Highland Park is valued at $535,000, and more than 75 percent of people 25 and over have college degrees, according to census information.

President Joe Biden, in brief remarks Monday evening at the White House's July Fourth event, said that he had spoken with both Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering which federal help was currently being deployed. "We've got to get this under control," Biden said before he led the crowd in a quick moment of silence for the victims and their families.

In Highland Park, Rotering thanked police officers for their fast action.

" Our neighborhood has been scared by an act of violence that's shaken us to our core," she stated.

The city said in a declaration late Monday that it is dealing with local school and parks authorities to offer counseling services Tuesday to trainees, education staff members and community members impacted by the violence. It will be available at Highland Park High School on a walk-in basis from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., city representative Amanda Civitello stated.

Fourth of July occasions in other Chicago suburbs-- Evanston, Deerfield and Skokie-- were called off in the wake of the shooting.

" There's a lot of neighborhoods that are not anticipating celebrating after something like this happens right in their backyard," Covelli said.

Pritzker, the governor, was at a prepared Evanston occasion when the Highland Park shooting unfolded.

" There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of households and children commemorating a holiday with their neighborhood," Pritzker stated in a statement.

" I will persevere with Illinoisans and Americans: we should-- and we will-- end this pester of gun violence.".

It was the 3rd major mass shooting in the U.S. since May.

Ten Black people were killed in Buffalo, New York, on May 14 when a white gunman, apparently encouraged by racial hate, opened fire at Tops Friendly Market.

Less than 2 weeks after the Buffalo massacre, 19 kids and 2 instructors were gunned down at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, about 80 miles west of San Antonio.

The shootings pressed Congress to pass legislation targeted at gun control, which Biden signed into law on June 25.

The bill, the most sweeping legislation focused on avoiding weapon violence in 30 years, offers grants to states for "red flag" laws, enhances background checks to consist of juvenile records and closes the "partner loophole" by keeping weapons far from unmarried dating partners convicted of abuse.

It will also require improved background checks for people ages 18 to 21 and moneying for youth mental health services.

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