America's nightmare: mass shooting at Chicago Fourth of July parade leaves 6 dead, dozens injured
The gunman fired 10 minutes after the parade had started, police said
The shooting at the Highland Park, Chicago-area Fourth of July parade was just one example this week of mass violence in America. Six people were killed and dozens of others injured when a gunman started firing 10 minutes after the parade kicked off, authorities said. The Chicago Sun-Times reports people left behind strollers, chairs, and other items as they ran for their lives.
Former Chicago Sun-Times reporter Adrienne Drell was on Central Avenue watching the start of the parade from the curb when she saw members of Highland Park High School's marching band running from the shots.
Illinois Governor J.B Pritzker said he was closely monitoring the situation in Highland Park and that Illinois State Police had arrived on-site to locate the shooter, who is at large as of the time of this writing. The parade had a heavy presence of police officers and fire trucks from the start, with more arriving after the shooting.
President Biden spoke earlier, in honor of the 4th of July
Police have named a Person of Interest in the shooting:
The suspect, Robert “Bobby” Crimo III is now in police custody, following a brief pursuit in North Chicago.