In July 4 US parade shooting, suspect held hours after 6 killed, dozens injured

Published on Jul 05, 2022 05:43 AM IST

July 4 parade shooting: The suspect - Robert E Crimo III - is 22-year-old. He was reportedly spotted by a North Chicago officer. 

Law enforcement search after a mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade in downtown Highland Park, Ill., Monday, July 4, 2022. A gunman on a rooftop opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago on Monday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)(AP)
Law enforcement search after a mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade in downtown Highland Park, Ill., Monday, July 4, 2022. A gunman on a rooftop opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago on Monday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)(AP)
By | Edited by Swati Bhasin, New Delhi

Robert E Crimo III, a person of interest linked to a shooting in the United States that killed six people and wounded more than 36, has been held. This was hours after a man - carrying a high-powered rifle - was reported to have opened fire from a rooftop at a parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park. This is the latest incident of gun violence rearing its ugly head in the country. Robert, 22, is believed to be the man behind the attack. "This individual is believed to have been responsible for what happened," Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Chris Covelli was quoted as saying in a BBC report.

Here are top updates on the latest shooting incident in the US:

1. In his first reaction, hours after the shooting, US president Joe Biden said he was shocked. "Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community this Independence Day. As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene. I will not give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence," he tweeted.

2. Robert Crimo was spotted by a North Chicago officer when he was trying to initiate a traffic stop, according to a CNN report. The 22-year-old fled and led officers on a brief pursuit before being stopped in Lake Forest, Illinois. .

3. Hundreds of parade-goers were soaked in the July US Independence Day celebrations at Highland Park in Illinois when the area was gripped with panic due to dozens of fired bullets at around 10:15 am (local time).

4. Those who suffered injuries were in the 8-85 age group, Brigham Temple, an emergency room doctor, was quoted as saying by news agency Reuters.

5. The Highland Park July 4 parade shooting comes weeks after 19 school children and two teachers lost their lives when horror unfolded at a school in Uvalde, Texas. This followed a May 14 attack that killed 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.

6. The latest incident is expected to fuel up the gun violence debate again. From schools to churches to grocery stores, shocking incidents in the US have triggered international condemnation in the recent times.

7. YouTube recently terminated an associated user account, after police named Crimo. The rap videos show a man looking like Crimo, a Reuters report said.

8. American baseball team - the White Sox - had a home game against the Minnesota Twins in Chicago; some modifications were announced in the light of the incident. "Our hearts are with the Highland Park community. 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," it said in a statement.

9. Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement: “There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community.”

10. Last month, a Supreme Court ruling in the country that struck down a century-old on gun restrictions had sparked huge criticism.

(With inputs from Reuters)

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Follow the latest breaking news and developments from India and around the world with Hindustan Times' newsdesk. From politics and policies to the economy and the environment, from local issues to national events and global affairs, we've got you covered.

Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Finland's prime minister Sanna Marin.

    Video of Finland PM ‘partying hard’ stokes controversy, she says ‘not drugged’

    Finland prime minister Sanna Marin found herself in the midst of a controversy after hosting a party for her friends at her private home; a video of the party went viral on social media. The video - which features six people, including Marin - shows them dancing and singing. Sanna Marin has also reacted to the matter, clarifying that she was only partying and not using drugs herself.

  • A projectile is launched from an unspecified location in China during long-range live-fire drills by the army of the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, on August 4, 2022. (AP)

    China test-fires missile in Xinjiang, brings down plane in drill: Report

    Xinjiang Military Command, which oversees the border with India, tested a surface-to-air missile in a high-altitude area of Xinjiang, bringing down a targeted aircraft, reports said. China's national broadcaster, CCTV, reported on August 15, India's Independence Day, that the Xinjiang command conducted live-fire drills with a “new type of surface-to-air missile” at an altitude of more than 4,500 metres (14,760 feet), the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said in a report.

  • Representational image.

    Tanzania installs internet on Mount Kilimanjaro for Insta-ascents

    Tanzania has installed high-speed internet services on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, allowing anyone with a smartphone to tweet, Instagram or WhatsApp their ascent up Africa's highest mountain. State-owned Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation set up the broadband network on Tuesday at an altitude of 3,720 metres (12,200 feet), with Information Minister Nape Nnauye calling the event historic. He said the summit of the 5,895-metre (19,300-foot) mountain would have internet connectivity by the end of the year.

  • Hadi Matar, 24, center, arrives for an arraignment in the Chautauqua County Courthouse in Mayville, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Matar, is accused of carrying out a stabbing attack against “Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie.

    Rushdie's attacker says murder bid carried out without any contact with Iran

    The 24-year-old man charged with the attempted murder of Salman Rushdie has denied being in contact with Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and said that he acted alone when he stabbed the Mumbai-born author, whom he disliked for being "disingenuous". In a video interview to the New York Post from Chautauqua County Jail, Matar said that “When I heard he survived, I was surprised, I guess.”

  • A Taiwan Coast Guard ship travels past the coast of China, in the waters off Nangan island of Matsu archipelago in Taiwan. (REUTERS)

    Canadian parliamentary committee plans Taiwan visit amid tensions

    A large Canadian parliamentary committee delegation is planning to visit the Chinese-claimed island of Taiwan in October, local media reported on Wednesday, a development that could further worsen relations between Ottawa and Beijing. Eight members of Canada's House of Commons standing committee on international trade are expected to travel to Taiwan, including many who are members of the Canada-Taiwan Friendship Group in the parliament, Canadian media reported.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now