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Chicago Suspect-Area Shooting Charged with 7 Counts of Murder

A 21-year-old suspected of a deadly attack on an Independence Day parade in the suburbs of Chicago was charged with seven murders in a shooting that killed seven people and injured more than 30. Was charged with. ..

Lake County lawyer Eric Reinhardt said Robert Climo III would be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole if convicted. Investigators who asked the suspect and confirmed the post on social media did not identify the motive for the attack, Christopher Coveli, a spokesman for the Lake County's major criminal task force, said at a news conference.

According to Coveri, Klimo legally purchased five weapons, one at the shooting site and the other including two powerful rifles found in his car. ..

At a press conference on Tuesday evening, police revealed that Klimo was called to Klimo's house twice in September 2019 after a violent and suicidal threat. did. Police confiscated several knives, daggers and swords, but said there were no signs of a gun.

Climo applied for a gun license in December 2019 at the age of 19, Illinois police said. His father sponsored his application.

At that time, "there was no clear and sufficient basis to establish a present danger," the application was rejected, state police said in a statement.

According to police, shooters used AR-15-style assault weapons and more than 70 ammunition during an attack on the wealthy community of Highland Park on July 4th Independence Day. Fired. He then fled the scene dressed as a woman to blend in with those desperately trying to escape the genocide, Koveli said Tuesday.

David Shapiro, 47, told The Associated Press that the gunshot spray quickly turned the parade into a "confusion."

"People didn't immediately know if the shooter was chasing you, in front of or behind you, or where the shooter came from," he said. Said on Tuesday when I took out the lawn chair.

Police arrested Krimo a few hours later when he found him driving just outside Highland Park, a community of 30,000 people on the shores of Lake Michigan. did.

Police allegedly fired at his parents and their children from the roof of a building adjacent to the parade route, seeing marching bands and local officials celebrating the country's founding in 1776. doing.

Initially, the gun battle was mistaken for fireworks celebrating national holidays. When the crowd realized it was a shootout, the panicked parade participants fled or scrambled to the store to escape the attack.

FBI agents and local police sought further evidence on Tuesday, sifting trash cans along the parade route and looking under a picnic blanket where the family rushed away. Items such as strollers and lawn chairs left behind by panicked parade participants the day after the shooting remained within wide police boundaries.

Members of the FBI's evidence response team remove personal belongings one day after a mass shooting in downtown Highland Park, Ill., July 5, 2022. A shooter fired on an Independence Day parade from a rooftop spraying the crowd with gunshots.
Members of the FBI's Evidence Response Team were on July 5, 2022. A shooting incident in downtown Highland Park, Illinois on the day. At the Independence Day parade, a mass shooting occurred from the roof.

Police said there were no signs that the shooter had targeted anyone by race, religion, or other protected status.

Climo, dubbed Bobby, is an ambitious rapper for the stage name Awake the Rapper, who posts ominous and violent videos and songs on social media sites.

The Highland Park attack was the latest mass shooting in the United States in recent weeks, with previous assaults on people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. An elementary school in Uvalde, Texas and a clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

US President Joe Biden is shocked by the pointless gun violence that he and his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, "returned sadness to the American community on this Independence Day." I received it. "

The shooting at Highland Park was the first major federal gun passed by Congress in decades, even if Biden did not block the sale of the offensive weapons used in the attack on Monday. It happened more than a week after signing the Violence Act.

A bipartisan compromise calls for new background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21, increases security at school, and is believed to be at risk of harming oneself and others. Offer more money for mental health care.

The oldest daughter of Lindsey Lurie fills in where her mother drew a heart on the sidewalk on July 5, 2022, near Highland Park, Ill., one day after a mass shooting. A shooter fired on the community's Independence Day parade from a rooftop.
Lindsey Lurie's eldest daughter finds the place where her mother drew a heart. On the sidewalk on July 5, 2022, near Highland Park, Illinois, the day after the mass shooting. Archers fired from the roof at the Community Independence Day parade.

Some information in this report was provided by The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.