The events occurred this Monday morning in Highland Park, in the state of Illinois.
At least six people died and 24 were injured in a shooting that took place this Monday morning during a parade for US Independence Day, in Highland Park, in the state of Illinois, local media report .
On its official Twitter account, the Illinois Police described the situation as “active shooting” and urged citizens to avoid the area where the events occurred. Some witnesses claim that several people were lying on the ground covered in blood , while another was under a blanket.
According to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard, among those who lost their lives in the shooting is a Mexican citizen . He also reported that two other people of Mexican origin were injured.
According to the Intel Point Alert Twitter account, the shooter is believed to have fired into the crowd from the rooftop of a nearby building.
According to Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill, the assailant would be a white male between the ages of 18-20 wearing a white or blue t-shirt. At the same time, he explained that the Police found a firearm at the crime scene.
Police later reportedly identified 22-year-old Robert Crimo as a “suspect” in connection with the attack. The man is believed to be driving a 2010 silver Honda Fit with an Illinois license plate. Hours after the attack, the suspect’s car was located by the agents and, after a brief chase, the man was arrested by the Police , without “any incident” occurring.
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (CBS) — A source close to the investigation tells CBS 2’s Sabrina Franza the suspect is in custody after six people were killed dozens of others were wounded when a gunman opened fire from a rooftop during July 4th parade in suburban Highland Park on Monday. pic.twitter.com/mPKI03Hoiy
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In one of the recordings circulating on social networks, people are seen screaming as they try to flee the scene, after numerous gunshots were heard. In the background, the sirens of police cars sound.
Mass shooting reported at the 4th July Parade at Highland Park, Illinois, United States. Over 25 rounds fired at the parade. Suspect believed to be a male with large yellow backpack. 250 mass shootings in United States in 2022. Three were killed yesterday in Denmark shootout. pic.twitter.com/vsDLh8lRWr
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Another ‘clip’ shows how the patrol cars and several fire trucks are mobilized due to the emergency. A Spanish-speaking woman states in the video that if it was a serious incident they would have already been ordered to leave the area.
🚨#BREAKING: Mass shooting with Multiple people shot at start of the July 4th parade
A mass shooting is taking place at Highland Park Emergency crews on scene of a shooting with numerous victims during the July 4th Parade Reports of nine gunshot victims. pic.twitter.com/0hK4u1Jbkp
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The president of the United States, Joe Biden, said he was “shocked by the absurd armed violence” that shook the city of Highland Park on Monday and promised to continue reforming the corresponding legislation to “fight” against the “epidemic” of mass shootings .
“It was a calm, peaceful and beautiful morning, people were enjoying the parade. In a matter of seconds, that calm being suddenly broken, it’s scary,” said Adrienne Drell, a former Chicago Sun-Times journalist, who was present. “You can’t go anywhere, you can’t find peace. I think we’re falling apart ,” she added.
For his part, Brad Schneider, a member of the US House of Representatives from Illinois, expressed his regret on Twitter. “My condolences to the family and loved ones; my prayers for those injured and for my community; and my commitment to do everything possible to make our children, our towns, our nation safer. Enough is enough!”, he wrote. the.
In the opinion of Juan José Gutiérrez, president of Vamos Unidos USA, the recently signed law on arms control will not help curb violence in the US, as long as the constitutional principle that gives the right to have already bear arms.