Highland Park, Illinois (AP) — Highland Park At least six people were killed, at least 30 were injured, and hundreds fled after an Independence Day parade on the outskirts of Chicago on Monday, a 22-year-old man said the police chief had identified. The person of interest was detained.
Police previously said Robert E. Climo III was armed and should be considered dangerous and was handed over to police after a short chase on Monday night. Stated.
At least six people were killed and 24 were injured in a shooting at a parade on July 4 at Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago. Police officers are searching the rooftop for suspects who may have fired at the festival. Monday.
On-site incident commander Chris O'Neil, commander of the Highland Park Police, urged people to evacuate while authorities were searching for the suspect.
At a press conference, Lake County spokesman for the Major Crime Task Force, Christopher Koveri, apparently fired at a parade participant from the roof using a "powerful rifle" recovered on the scene. He said. He didn't know which building it was.
O'Neill said the ammunition was fired at around 10:15 am, and Koveli said the parade was about three-quarters when the shooter fired.
"A very random, very intentional, very sad day," he said.
Coveli warned that police believed that there was only one shooter and should be considered armed and dangerous, saying, "He is in the city. It may be, and it may be somewhere. "
More than 100 law enforcement officers have been summoned to the parade site or dispatched to find suspected shooters.
Hours after the shooting, when bystanders and the media stood nearby, about 12 police officers suddenly rushed to a small office building half a block away from where the shooting took place. So the rifle pointed inside towards the dark foyer. I didn't immediately know why the police entered the building.
Police have not released details about the victims or injured.
"At 10:14 this morning, our community was frightened by the violence that rocked our hearts," said Mayor Nancy Rotering. .. "Our heart is directed at the families of the victims during this devastating time. On the day we gathered to celebrate community and freedom, we instead mourn the tragic loss of life and we. I am suffering from the fear brought to me. "
In a statement by Governor of Illinois J.B.Pritzker, "Waiting for a vacation with the community There is no monster word to fire at a crowd of families with children celebrating. "
The July 4th shooting is the latest in breaking American life rituals. It was a thing. Schools, churches, grocery stores, and now community parades have all become hitmen in recent months. This time, bloodshed came when the country tried to find a reason to celebrate its founding and the bonds that still connect it.
Last month, President Joe Biden signed the most widespread gun violence bill passed by Congress over decades. Persistent division of parties.
At Highland Park, hundreds of parade participants (some visibly bloody) fled the parade route, leaving behind their belongings after the ammunition rang. A video shot by a Sun Times journalist after the gunshots shows that the float band continues to play as people scream and pass by.
Early in the afternoon, the ominous signs of a fun event suddenly turned into horror on both sides of Central Street where the shooting took place. Dozens of strollers, American flag-raising ones, abandoned children's bicycles, and helmets with images of Cinderella were rushed away. Blankets, lawn chairs, coffee and water bottles were knocked down as people fled.
Police continued to pour into the area, some with camouflage equipment and many with AR-style weapons.
An armed camouflage FBI agent escorted a family with two little girls across Central Street hours after the shooting. The children seemed visibly scared, even when the mother led them to reassure them that the agents attacking the sides protected them.
"Don't worry, you're safe now," she told them. "These guys will protect you."
Gina Troiani and her son are on the parade route until they hear people yelling about the shooter when they hear a loud noise that they believe is fireworks. Alongside his day care class ready to walk.
"We just start running in the opposite direction," she told The Associated Press.
Her five-year-old son was riding a bicycle decorated with red and blue curled ribbons. He and the other children in the group had a small American flag. The city said on its website that the festival will include a parade of children's bicycles and pets.
Troiani said he pushed his son's bike and ran through the neighborhood and back into the car.
In a video taken by Troiani on her phone, some of the children are visibly surprised by the loud noise, and when the siren screams nearby, it scrambles to the side of the road.
It was a kind of confusion, "she said. "Some people were looking for them away from their families. Others dropped their wagons, grabbed their children and started running."
Residents of Highland Park Debbie Glickman said the group was preparing to enter the main route when he was riding a parade float with his colleagues and saw people running from the area.
"People have begun to say,'There is a shooter, there is a shooter, there is a shooter,'" Glickman told The Associated Press. "So we just ran. We just ran. It's like the havoc there."
She hears noise and sees people who appear to be injured. did not do it.
"I was very surprised," she said. “I'm very sad.”
— Foody contributed from Chicago.
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