Shortly after 10 a.m. CT on Monday, a gunman began shooting into a crowd of people attending a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois, just north of Chicago. Six people were killed and dozens were injured, officials said, and the suspect was later apprehended by police after a brief vehicle chase.
A day after gun violence rocks another American community, witnesses analyze the traumatic event and investigators piece together how it happened.
Here are the latest developments from the filming of the Highland Park Parade:
The suspect apparently posted violent images online: Suspected shooter Robert E. Crimo III has released music on several major streaming sites and a personal website under the name “Awake the Rapper”, featuring lively scenes of gun violence and disturbing lyrics . In a music video titled “Are you Awake”, Crimo is seen with multicolored hair and facial tattoos and says, “I just have to do it. It’s my destiny.” The video shows a cartoon animation of a stickman – who looks like Crimo – in tactical gear performing an attack with a rifle. The videos appear to have been uploaded last year.
The suspect’s uncle saw no warning signs, he said: An uncle of the suspect told CNN he had seen no warning signs that would lead him to believe his nephew was involved in such a tragedy. “I’m heartbroken. I’m so heartbroken,” Paul A. Crimo said, expressing remorse for the families of the victims and adding that he spoke to law enforcement at length on Monday about his nephew. The suspect lives in an apartment behind the house owned by his father, Paul said, adding that he last saw his nephew on Sunday evening looking at his computer and not acting in any unusual way.
Former preschool teacher identified as one of the victims: Jacki Sundheim has been identified as one of those who died in the shooting at her synagogue. North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, Ill., said in a statement that Sundheim was a lifelong synagogue worshiper and staff member, having served as a preschool teacher and events coordinator.
The senator says more needs to be done: Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Senate Majority Whip, touted the recently passed bipartisan gun bill as an important step to address gun violence, but said there were things that the legislation did not address. “There is no reason for anyone to own a military assault weapon. It has no value for hunting, sport or even self-defense,” he said. is a killing machine.” The weapon used in Monday’s shooting was a “high-powered rifle” and the attack appeared to be “random” and “intentional,” Lake County spokesman Christopher Covelli said. Major Crime Task Force.