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Parade Shooting Live Updates: 22-Year-Old Is in Custody After Manhunt

New York Times

Parade Shooting Live Updates: 22-Year-Old Is in Custody After Manhunt

The police said they had detained a man they described as a person of interest in the shooting at the Highland Park, Ill., Fourth of July celebration. Six people were killed, including a 76-year-old grandfather.

Many details about the attack remained unclear a day after the shooting.

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — The attack on a Fourth of July parade in a lakefront suburb north of Chicago that killed six people on Monday left the community and country reeling with questions, as a 22-year-old suspect remained in custody, his motive unclear and charges expected. Numerous people were still being treated in hospitals for gunshot wounds and other injuries.

The shooting came a week and a half after President Biden signed the most significant gun measure to clear Congress in nearly three decades, but it was unclear whether any of the new regulations would have stopped the gunman. The mayor of Highland Park said the suspect obtained his weapon legally; he carried out his attack in a state that already has some of the nation’s toughest gun laws, but is bordered by states where firearms are much easier to come by.

The attack came minutes into the start of a charming Fourth of July parade, with band members and politicians strutting down the street, as horrified spectators realized the noise from a nearby rooftop wasn’t fireworks but a high-powered rifle spraying bullets into the crowd.

The attack set police on a sprawling manhunt that forced residents to shelter in place for much of the day, and prompted neighboring cities to cancel their holiday events. About eight hours later, the police said they had taken into custody Robert E. Crimo III, described as a person of interest, after a brief chase.

Even in a country battered from the constancy of mass violence — at grocery stores and elementary schools and on urban street corners — the carnage in Illinois proved shocking. According to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group, the shooting on Monday was the 15th this year in which at least four people were fatally shot in the United States.

For reasons that remained unclear to the police on Monday evening, officials said Mr. Crimo had climbed onto a rooftop with a rifle and begun firing into a sea of families in lawn chairs who were celebrating Independence Day.

Full story https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/07/05/us/highland-park-shooting

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