Robert Crimo, 22, was identified as a “Person of Interest” and became the target of a massive manhunt in the city of Highland Park, Illinois, where a rooftop shooter with a high-powered rifle turned a family parade on July 4th. into a scene of death and injury.
Police had previously warned that he was armed and “very dangerous.” The Chicago musician of the same age and the same name is known online by the stage name “Wake the Rapper”.
“We were about to march down the street, and then all these sudden waves of these people ran after us, as if they were running towards us. And right before it happened, we heard pop, pop, pop, pop, and I thought it was fireworks,” Emily Prazak, who participated in the parade, told AFP.
“I’ve seen scenes like this over and over on TV and in different communities and didn’t think it would ever happen here,” he said.
Police search the area after a mass shooting. Source: A MONKEY / Tyler Paciak LaRiviere
Police officials said the shooting began at 10:14 a.m., when the parade was about three-quarters of the way across.
Dr. Brigham Temple, from Highland Park Hospital, where most of the casualties were taken, said 25 people were admitted with gunshot wounds, ranging in age from eight to 85.
A Lake County cop covers his face in shock as he reacts to the gunfire. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker condemned the attack, saying, “There are no words to describe the monster that lies in wait and shoots at the crowd of families with children celebrating the holiday.” Credit: Brian Cassella / AP
He said there were “four or five” children among them, and that 16 were later discharged.
“We support the Chicago community in their pain and sorrow over this tragedy,” he tweeted.
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Last week, Biden signed the first significant federal gun safety law in decades, just days after the Supreme Court ruled that Americans have a fundamental right to carry a gun in public.
Emergency services officials said that about two dozen people, including children, received gunshot wounds, some of them in critical condition. Source: A MONKEY / Network USA TODAY / Sipa USA
Deep divisions over gun control have been rekindled by recent massacres in May. Ten shoppers are gunned down in the predominantly African-American city of Buffalo in the US state of New York. Another 21 people, mostly young children, were killed at an elementary school in Texas.
“Freedom Day clearly demonstrates the only freedom we as a nation refuse to uphold – the freedom of our fellow citizens to live without the daily fear of gun violence.”