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Gunmen fired more than 70 rounds at a parade in the Chicago area on July 4: Police

The shooting of an interested person ended on Monday night with a traffic stop and a short chase

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Michael Tarm, Kathleen Foody, Roger Schneider

Robert (Bob) E. Crimo III, is in custody following a mass shooting that took place at a Fourth of July parade route in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Ill. The image was taken from a social media video.
Robert (Bob) E. Climo III has been detained after a mass shooting on the July 4 parade route in wealthy Chicago. A suburb of Highland Park, Illinois. The image was taken from a video on social media.Photo by Robert Climo/Reuters

Highland Park, Illinois — Attacked Independence Day Parade In the suburbs of Chicago, police said on Tuesday that they avoided the first capture by firing more than 70 times with AR-15-style guns and blending into a crowd fleeing in the guise of women after at least six people died. rice field.

Lake County spokesman for the Major Criminal Task Force, Christopher Coveli, said at a press conference that a suspect arrested late Monday was "similar to the AR-15." He said he used a powerful rifle. From the top of the commercial building, shoot bullets at the crowds gathered for the parade of the close community Highland Park on the shores of Lake Michigan. More than 30 people were injured.

Investigators who cross-examined the suspect and confirmed the posts on social media did not identify the motive for the attack, Koveli said.

They also find no indication that the archer has targeted anyone by race, religion, or other protected status.

Authorities have not filed criminal charges.

Earlier that day, FBI agents looked under trash cans and picnic blankets while looking for more evidence where the perpetrators fired.

At Highland Park, a close community on the shores of Lake Michigan, hundreds of panicked delights were initially mistaken for fireworks before fleeing in horror.

A day later, strollers, lawn chairs, and other items that parade participants panicked remained within wide police boundaries. Outside the police tape, some residents drove to collect the blankets and chairs they had thrown away.

Authorities detained the suspect at a transportation stop on Monday night, which led to a short chase. Police initially described the man as an interested person, but a spokesman for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force said on Tuesday that he is now considered a suspect.

The charges were due to be announced shortly, according to a spokeswoman for Sarah Abalos, a lawyer in Lake County.

Authorities did not provide a motive for the attack.

The July 4th shooting was the latest to shatter the rituals of American life. 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.

"It's definitely going to be a big blow, not just in your hometown, but in front of you," said Resident Rontu Azon, who returned to the parade route on Monday night to pick up chairs and blankets. I said when. And a child's bike that he and his family abandoned when the shooting began.

"It's now commonplace," Tuazon said. "I won't blink anymore. It will be the same until the law changes."

Shooting took place at some location on the parade route, many for the annual celebration. Residents were betting a major perspective early in the day.

Among them was Nicholas Toledo, who was visiting a family in Illinois from Mexico. He was shot dead on the scene and died, his granddaughter, Xochil Toledo, told the Chicago Sun-Times. Also, Jackie Sandheim, a lifelong congregation and "beloved" staff member of the nearby North Shore congregation Israel, was killed and announced her death on the website.

Dozens of bullets sent out hundreds of parade participants. They left traces of abandoned items that suddenly and violently disrupted everyday life. A box of chocolate cookies spilled onto the grass. Children's Chicago Cubs cap. There are also strollers and those with the American flag.

"There is no safe place," said a resident of Highland Park, who was away from the parade for fear of mass shootings, but later left her home. Barbara Hart (73) said.

Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen said police officers pulled Robert E. Hours after police released a photo of the man, CLIMO III, about 5 miles (8 km) north of the shooting site, warned that it could be armed and dangerous.

Authorities initially said that Klimo, whose father once ran for mayor of Highland Park, was 22 years old, but FBI breaking news and Klimo's social media said he was 21 years old. .. The five killed in the parade were adults, but there was no information on the sixth.

Police did not disclose details of the victims, but Toledo's granddaughter told the Sun Times that Toledo spent most of his life in Morelos, Mexico. Xochil Toledo said he remembers seeing his grandfather in his late 70s when the band overtook them.

"He was very happy," she said. "At that moment he is happy to be alive."

Xochil Toledo said her father was shot in his arm as she tried to protect her grandfather. Her boyfriend was also shot from behind and someone took her to a nearby hospital because she wasn't sure if all the victims had enough ambulances.

Mexico's director of North American affairs, Roberto Velasco, said on Twitter that two Mexicans were also injured.

Sandheim spent decades on staff in the North Shore Congregation Israel, teaching in congregation kindergartens and later serving as event and Buneimitsu bar coordinator. In that statement announcing her death.

"Jackie's work, kindness, and warmth impressed us all," the statement said.

The NorthShore University Health Center accepted 26 patients after the attack. Dr. Brigham Temple, head of emergency preparedness, said all but one had a gunshot wound. Their age ranged from 8 to 85 years, and Temple estimated that 4 or 5 were children.

"It's devastating that the American celebration was torn apart by our unique American plague," said Governor of Illinois J. B. Pritzker said at a press conference.

"We celebrate July 4th only once a year, but mass shootings are weekly — yes, weekly — an American tradition.”

AP News / USA Today / According to the Northeastern University Mass Murder Database, there have been 15 shootings killing more than four people, including Highland Park, since the beginning of the year.

Highland Park Police Commander Chris O'Neil seems to have used a "powerful rifle" to fire from a location above a "very hard-to-see" commercial building. Said that. He said the rifle was recovered on-site. Police also found a ladder attached to the building.

Task Force spokesman Christopher Coveri said Climo had legally purchased a gun in Illinois within the past year.

Kurimo, dubbed Bobby, was an ambitious rapper for the stage name Awake the Rapper, posting dozens of videos and songs on social media, some ominous and violent. ..

An animated video since it was deleted on YouTube depicts a man pointing at a rifle, a man resting on the ground, and another person raising his hand in the distance. So Kurimo is wrapping about an army "walking in the dark".

Long-time delicatessen owner Bob, the father of Klimo, ran for mayor of Highland Park in 2019 and made himself a "person for the people." I called it and failed.

A community of about 30,000 people on Chicago's North Shore, home to mansions and vast lakeside mansions, once home to the legendary NBA Michael Jordan.

Gina Troiani and her five-year-old son are in a day care class ready to walk the parade route until they hear people yelling about the shooter when they hear a loud noise that seems to be fireworks. It was lined up.

"We just start running in the opposite direction," she told The Associated Press. "Some people were looking for them away from their families. Others dropped their wagons, grabbed their children and started running."

Foody from Chicago Contributed. Associated Press writer Mike Balsamo of New York, David König of Dallas, Jeff Martin of Woodstock, Georgia, Fabiola Sanchez of Monterrey, Mexico, Jim Mustian of New Orleans, Bernard Condon of New York, High. Report contributed by Martha Irvine and Mike Householder of Landpark.

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