Bystanders run after hearing gunshots in shooting at July 4 parade in Illinois
At least six people were killed and 36 injured in a mass shooting at an Independence Day parade in Illinois on Monday after a gunman on a rooftop opened fire, sending hundreds fleeing in terror.
Hours later, police announced that they arrested a 22-year-old man named Robert E Crimo, as a person of interest.
“It sounded like fireworks going off,” shared witness Richard Kaufmann. “It was pandemonium. People were covered in blood tripping over each other.”
While “several of the deceased victims” died at the scene, one succumbed to injuries in the hospital, according to authorities.
One of those killed was a Mexican national, Roberto Velasco, Mexico’s director for North American affairs said on Twitter. He added that two other Mexicans were wounded in the incident.
About 26 of those wounded, aged between eight to 85 were sent to the NorthShore University Health Centre. All but one had gunshot wounds, said the hospital’s medical director of emergency preparedness, Dr Brigham Temple.
Robert Crimo’s uncle ‘heartbroken’ after his arrest
Robert Crimo’s uncle said he did not see “warning signs” about his nephew turning violent as he expressed his condolences to the families of the Independence Day mass shooting victims.
“I saw no signs of trouble. And if I did see signs I would have said something,” Paul Crimo told Fox 32 Chicago.
Mr Crimo said that he saw his nephew on Sunday but did not notice anything out of the ordinary. He added that he saw nothing that could have triggered him.
Stuti Mishra reporting the details:
Namita Singh5 July 2022 09:00
Rachel Brosnahan and Richard Marx condemn 4 July shooting
Highland Park natives Rachel Brosnahan and Richard Marx have condemned the mass shooting at an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago on Monday, 4 July.
Condemning the shooting, Marx tweeted that he grew up in Highland Park as well and used his social media accounts “to check on the welfare of people I still know there”.
The “Right Here Waiting” singer tweeted: “My heart is always broken by these constant mass shootings no matter where they occur but today I’m extra heartbroken. And extra angry at the senselessness.”
Read the details in this story by my colleague Maanya Sachdeva:
Namita Singh5 July 2022 08:40
‘I didn’t hear shots but cops told me to run,’ says Philadelphia shooting witness
Gunfire broke out late on Monday near the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the final day of a festival with a large number of people watching a fireworks show after a concert.
“There is a security incident on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway,” emergency authorities said, referring to the shooting. Police instructed people in surrounding buildings to shelter in place.
“I didn’t hear the shots, but the cops were like, ‘run, run, run,’” one woman told an NBC affiliate.
One officer sustained a graze wound to the head and the other a gunshot wound to the right shoulder, according to NBC10.
Namita Singh5 July 2022 08:20
Trump-backed Illinois candidate says ‘let’s move on’ just hours after shooting
Hours after a mass shooting at a 4 July parade in Illinois left six people dead and dozens of others injured, state senator Darren Bailey asked Americans to move on and celebrate.
The Republican lawmaker said in a statement: “Let’s move on and celebrate the independence of this nation,” reported The Daily Beast.
“We have got to get corruption and evil out of our government.”
Mr Bailey is being backed by former president Donald Trump in the race for Illinois governor.
My colleague Sravasti Dasgupta reports:
Namita Singh5 July 2022 08:07
Philadelphia mayor pleads lawmakers to stop ‘flow of guns’
After the shooting in Philadelphia, city’s mayor Jim Kennedy said his administration was “pleading with lawmakers” to stop the “flow of guns into our city.”
“Our traditions cannot and will not be ruined by the scourge of gun violence,” he added.
Namita Singh5 July 2022 08:00
Shooting near Philadelphia concert, two police officers wounded
Two Philadelphia police officers were shot near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway late on Monday as thousands of people celebrated a Fourth of July concert and fireworks show with the crowd scattering in panic when shots were fired.
The shooting came hours after a gunman on a rooftop opened fire on families waving flags and children riding bikes at a Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, where six people were killed and over 36 were wounded.
Both officers in Philadelphia have been released from hospital after suffering non-life threatening injuries, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said. Police were searching for the shooter.
Namita Singh5 July 2022 07:40
Another victim identified as teacher at local synagogue
Another victim was Jacki Sundheim, a teacher at a local synagogue in Highland Park. The North Shore Congregation Israel confirmed her death in an email to congregants.
“There are no words sufficient to express the depth of our grief for Jacki’s death and sympathy for her family and loved ones,” the synagogue said.
Namita Singh5 July 2022 07:17
‘It sounded like fireworks going off’
A retired doctor standing across the street where the gunman opened fire, said “it sounded like fireworks going off”.
“It was pandemonium,” Richard Kaufman told Reuters, adding that he heard about 200 shots. “People were covered in blood tripping over each other.”
Namita Singh5 July 2022 06:41
Mexican national among those killed
A Mexican national is one of the victims in the shooting incident, announced Mexico’s director for North American affairs Roberto Velasco said on Twitter.
He said two other Mexicans were wounded.
Namita Singh5 July 2022 06:34
White Sox, MLB decide to play game after parade shooting
The Chicago White Sox talked to Major League Baseball on Monday about posting their game against the Minnesota Twins after a gunman opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, killing at least six people.
After the team’s conversation with MLB and contact with local authorities, the game was played as scheduled. The postgame fireworks show was canceled and a moment of silence was observed before the first pitch of the Twins’ 6-3 victory.
“Our hearts are with the Highland Park community,” the White Sox said in a statement. “The entire Chicago White Sox organization expresses our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the innocent victims of today’s horrific shooting and all of those who have been affected by this tragedy.”
“Something need to change,” White Sox closer Liam Hendriks said. “Something needs to be done, something needs to happen because there’s too many people losing their lives.”
“Unfortunately, it’s almost daily,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said of the shootings. “Way too frequently.
“Even when there’s an explanation, there’s no explanation. It doesn’t make sense.”
Namita Singh5 July 2022 06:19