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A parade attack on a suspected shooter in Chicago on July 4 legally purchased a gun

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Eric Cox and Brendan O' Brian

Highland Park — A shooter suspected of attacking an Independence Day parade in the suburbs of Chicago legally bought a gun and Fired more than 70 ammunition. Local officials said on Tuesday that they wore women's clothing to blend in with the crowd from the roof and then into the crowd.

Suspect, 21-year-old Robert E. Climo III, was detained on Monday after surrendering to police hours after the attack on the July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois. I did. He died and more than 30 were injured.

Officials said at a news conference that he was planning an attack for several weeks and authorities are still considering what criminal charges would be brought. .. I didn't immediately know if Kurimo had a lawyer.

Officials said they did not know what the motive for shooting was primarily in the Jewish neighborhood, but there was no evidence of anti-Semitic or racist grounds. rice field.

Officials said the suspect used a powerful rifle in an attack that blended into the crowd and dropped on the scene before fleeing to his mother's house. Police said one of the reasons he wore women's clothes was to hide the tattoos on his face.

He also had a similar rifle in his mother's car, which he was driving when he was arrested by police on Monday, and owned another gun at his home. , All were legally purchased, officials said.

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotelling said the attack on Monday still shocked a community of 30,000 people.

"This tragedy shouldn't have arrived at our doorstep," she told NBC News. "As a small town, everyone knows someone directly affected by this, and of course we are all still upset."

The US Supreme Court ruled in a weapon last month. He said he had a constitutional right to carry the weapons in public, which also made it easier for the Progan Group to overturn modern gun control. Since then, the court has dismissed a lower federal court ruling in favor of a ban on offensive weapons in Maryland.

Last month Congress passed a major federal gun reform for the first time in 30 years and federally enforced a "danger signal" law aimed at removing guns from people considered dangerous. Funded.

The law does not prohibit the sale of assault-style rifles or large magazines, but allows access to information about serious crimes committed by boys. Has taken some steps in the background check.

On Monday, the streets of Highland Park were adorned with red, white and blue while the family watched the annual Independence Day parade. The children waved the American flag as their parents and grandparents relaxed in a folding chair.

When the parade began rolling downtown, police said the shooter used an emergency stair ladder in the alley to climb the roof of the company and then, without notice, fired an assault rifle at the crowd below. Told. .. According to police, he shot randomly into the crowd.

21-year-old suspect

The mayor Rotelling said he knew when he was a cub scout and cub when he was young. .. Scout leader.

"What's wrong? Why did someone get so angry and so hated?" She said.

Social media and other online posts written by accounts believed to be related to Klimo or another name for his rapper, Awake the Rapper, often portray violent images and messages. Was there.

For example, one of the music videos posted on YouTube under Awake The Rapper showed a picture of a stickman holding a rifle in front of another person spread out on the ground. ..

Authorities previously stated that the suspect was 22 years old, but changed it to 21 at a briefing on Tuesday.

Rotelling said on Tuesday that he didn't know where the gunman's gun came from, but he added that it was legally obtained.

"Our country needs to discuss these weekly events, including the killings of dozens of people with legally obtained guns," she said.

This attack occurs as Americans continue to discuss gun control and whether more stringent measures can prevent frequent mass shootings in the United States. (Additional report by Brendan O'Brien in Chicago, Jonathan Allen in New York, Doina Kiak in Washington, edited by Alistair Bell)