Highland Park, Illinois (CNN)Monday, a national celebration when shooters killed6 people Day turned into a tragedyand dozens of people were injured in the July 4th parade atHighland Park, Illinois.
Bystanders initially thought that the gunshots that stabbed the sunny parade after 10 am along Central Avenue in the town about 25 miles north of Chicago were fireworks. Throw away the strollers, chairs and American flag tools scattered on the street.
"It looked like a battle zone, and I hate it. I really hate it," said Zoe Powellsack, who attended the Independence Day parade with her father.
The genocide interrupts the already bloody American spring and summer. In the last 186 days, there have been more than 300 mass shootings in the United States, according to data compiled by the GunViolence Archive. A non-profit organization that tracks such cases.
"There is no evil word to appear at the public celebration of freedom, hide in the roof and shoot innocent people with assault trifles," said J.B. Pritzker, Governor of Illinois.
Police arrested the suspect near Lake Forest, Illinois, after a fierce search in the Chicagoland area.
Evidence of firearms was found on the roof of a store near the shooting, police commander Chris O'Neill said on Monday. Christopher Coveri, a spokesperson for the Lake County Major Climb Task Force, said it was an alley to access the roof.
Police said they were investigating who bought the firearm and its origin.
A hospital, according to Lake County Coroner Jennifer Baneck, who was killed out of six, five adults died on the scene, and one died in h. The age of the sixth victim is not yet clear.
A total of 26 patients were accepted into Highland Park Hospital, said Dr. Brigham Temple, Medical Director of the North Shore University Health System. The injured were between 8 and 85 years old, and four or five patients were children, Temple said.
He said 19 of the 25 shooting victims were treated and discharged. He added that there were bullet wounds on the limbs as well as on the more central parts of the body.
'More things need to be done'
Recorded last year since the Gun Violence Archive began tracking mass fire in 2014 It was the worst year. According to non-profit organizations, 692 mass fires in the United States in 2021.
Following these slaughter, President Joe Byden signed a major federal gun safety law for the first time in decades, making it one of Washington's most controversial policy issues bipartisan. Showed an important breakthrough in.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin said he needed to do more with gun legislation when he visited Highland Park late Monday.
"There is no reason for a person to own a military attack weapon. It is not worth hunting, sports, or even self-defense," he said. "It's a murder machine."
What we know about the suspect
Lake County Major Criminal Task Force spokesperson Covelli is a law enforcement authority "Processed a significant amount of digital evidence," he said. Identifying Kurimo as a suspect.
"It is believed that this individual is responsible for what happened and the investigation will continue. At this time, the claim has not yet been approved. We are far from it. I'm away, "he said.
Kurimo, who calls himself "awakening the rapper", posted an online music video on several major streaming outlets and his personal website, featuring the animated scene of the shootout. There were also things.
In the video titled "Are you Awake", you'll see a cartoon animation of a stick figure shooter that resembles the appearance of a klimo in tactical gear attacking with a rifle. Kurimo can be seen saying, "I need to do that. It's my destiny."
Suspect's uncle Paul A. Klimo told CNN on Monday that he spoke to law enforcement agencies for a long time and described his nephew as "a lonely and quiet person."
He said he was active on YouTube, but said he didn't know the political views his nephew had.
His brother, the suspect's father, had previously run for mayor.
"I am very heartbroken for all the families who lost their lives," said Paul Climo.
Miles Zaremsky seems to have shot about 20 to 30 times in two consecutive shots at around 10:20 am immediately after the start of the parade and around 10:20 am on the CT. He said he heard what was done. He explained to CNN that he saw many people standing on the ground bloody and chaotic in the scene.
Zoe Powellsack, who attended the Independence Day parade with his father, said parade participants initially thought that the pop arrangement was a fireworks given the opportunity. rice field.
"And I thought something was wrong. I grabbed her father and started running. Suddenly everyone behind me started running," she said. "I probably looked back 20 feet away from me. I saw the girl shot and killed."
Jeff Leon and his wife said when the shooting happened. I was trying to see a 14 year old twin boy marching in a parade with a high school football team.
"We were trying to get them," Leon said. Then they saw a man who "had an apparently very deep bullet scratch along the right side of his head above the temple." Leon said he probably heard 20 or 30 pops before looking to his right and seeing police movements and people falling.
Steve Tilken tells CNN the basement of the store with his wife, her two grandchildren, and dozens of others while police are searching the area for shooters. He said he had evacuated to.
"We were just sitting there, so one bullet could go through our entire body," he said.