US gunman kills 6 people during 4th of July parade near Chicago

2022-07-05 16:01:48
US gunman kills 6 people during 4th of July parade near Chicago

A gunman in the US state of Illinois opened fire on a July 4th Independence Day parade near the city of Chicago on Monday, killing at least six people, wounding at least 30 and sending hundreds of marchers and spectators fleeing in terror, police said.

Authorities said a man, who opened fire from a rooftop, was taken into police custody Monday evening after an hourslong manhunt in and around Highland Park, an affluent community of about 30,000 on Chicago’s north shore.

The July 4 shooting was just the latest to shatter the rituals of American life. Schools, churches, grocery stores and now community parades have all become killing grounds in recent months.

“There’s no safe place,” Highland Park resident Barbara Harte, 73, told the AP. She had stayed away from the parade fearing a mass shooting, but later ventured from her home.

“It is devastating that a celebration of America was ripped apart by our uniquely American plague,” Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said at a news conference.

“I’m furious because it does not have to be this way… while we celebrate the Fourth of July just once a year, mass shootings have become a weekly — yes, weekly — American tradition,” he said.

Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen said a police officer pulled over Robert Crimo, 22, about five miles north of the shooting scene, several hours after police released the man's photo and an image of his silver Honda Fit, and warned the public that he was likely armed and dangerous.

Highland Park is a close-knit community of about 30,000 people located on the shores of Lake Michigan just north of Chicago, with mansions and sprawling lakeside estates that have long drawn the rich and sometimes famous, including NBA legend Michael Jordan, who lived in the city for years when he played for the Chicago Bulls.

US President Joe Biden on Monday said he and first lady Jill Biden were “shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day.”

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