Bystanders run after hearing gunshots in shooting at July 4 parade in Illinois

A toddler was orphaned after his father shielded him from semi-automatic gunfire in the Independence Day parade shooting in Illinois.

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering told NBC that Kevin McCarthy had laid across his two-year-old son Aiden to protect him from gunfire during Monday’s mass shooting.

Ms Rotering said the image of Aiden, who also lost mother Irina, would “haunt” her for the rest of her life.

On Wednesday, Robert Crimo was denied bail after he made his first court appearance on Wednesday on seven charges of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors told the judge the 21-year-old made a “voluntary statement confessing to his actions” and revealed that the young man had made his way to Madison, Wisconsin, where he intended to commit another mass shooting but turned back.

If convicted, he will face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

According to police, Mr Crimo had planned an attack for weeks and fired more than 80 rounds randomly into the crowd watching the parade, killing seven and injuring more than three dozen people.

A GoFundme set up by friends of the McCarthy family has raised nearly $3m by Thursday morning, after billionaire hedgefund manager Bill Ackman made an $18,000 donation.

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Police release photo of suspect’s gun

Police have released a photograph of the weapon used by the Highland Park shooting suspect.

Police said 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” Crimp confessed to the shooting at the Independence Day parade on Wednesday.

He allegedly said he fled to the Madison, Wisconsin, area, where he contemplated shooting up another event.

Lake County assistant state’s attorney Ben Dillon said in court that the shells of 83 bullets and three ammunition magazines were found on the rooftop that he fired from.

Authorities initially said they had recovered a “rifle” from along the July 4th parade route, and that they were deliberately withholding further details as they hunted for the gunman.

Sravasti Dasgupta7 July 2022 05:28

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Everything we know about the July 4 parade mass shooting

Fresh details continue to emerge about the mass shooting at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park on Monday.

Here’s everything we know about the deadly attack that left seven dead, dozens wounded, and a community in mourning.

Bevan Hurley7 July 2022 04:15

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Robert Crimo makes first court appearance as prosecutor says he confessed to Highland Park shooting

Dressed in a black t-shirt and his long dark hair down around his face, Robert Crimo stared expressionless into the camera as the judge ordered that he be held without bond during his first appearance on Wednesday.

Rachel Sharp has the details.

Bevan Hurley7 July 2022 03:45

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Suspect’s parents offer ‘thoughts and prayers’ as son charged with seven counts of murder

The parents of Highland Park mass shooting suspect Robert Crimo have offered “thoughts and prayers” after their son was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder.

“We are all mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and this is a terrible tragedy for many families, the victims, the paradegoers, the community, and our own,” Bob and Denise Crimo in a statement released through their attorney Steve Greenberg.

Read Shweta Sharma’s full story here.

Bevan Hurley7 July 2022 03:15

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What we know about gun used by alleged Highland Park shooter Robert Crimo

Prosecutors say Robert “Bobby” Crimo III fired more than 80 rounds from a rooftop onto an Independence Day crowd, reloading three times, before escaping down a fire escape while disguised as a woman and melting into the crowd.

After fleeing the rooftop, authorities said the weapon fell out of his bag in an alley.

They found the rifle, three 30-round high-capacity magazines and 83 spent shell casings around the scene.

The M&P 15 gun is described in marketing as an “AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle” which is designed for “police and consumer markets”.

Read more about how Crimo obtained the weapon below.

Bevan Hurley7 July 2022 02:45

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Robert Crimo’s disturbing online world

His uncle said he “saw no signs of trouble”.

The mayor said she remembers him as “just a little boy” when she knew him as a Cub Scout.

Local police said that he wasn’t even on their radar.

But a close look at Robert Crimo’s online presence tells a very different story.

Rachel Sharp examines the numerous red flags raised by Robert Crimo’s online behaviour.

Bevan Hurley7 July 2022 02:15

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Father of orphaned toddler died using body to shield his son

The 2-year-old boy who was left orphaned after the Highland Park massacre was reportedly protected from the spray of bullets raining down from the rooftop near the July 4th parade by his own deceased father’s body, according to the child’s grandfather.

Aiden McCarthy survived the mass shooting that claimed the lives of his parents Kevin, 37, and Irina, 35.

Read more from Johanna Chisholm here.

Bevan Hurley7 July 2022 01:45

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America has already seen more than 300 mass shootings and 15 mass killings in 2022

The organisation defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people are shot or killed. Within the first 185 days of 2022, there have been an average of 11 a week.

Read more on the epidemic of mass shootings in Alex Woodward’s report.

Bevan Hurley7 July 2022 01:15

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Highland Park shooting suspect’s mother confronted SWAT team hours after shooting

The mother of Highland Park suspect Robert Crimo angrily confronted a SWAT team in the aftermath of the July 4th mass shooting.

Video obtained by CBS News shows Denise Pesina shouting and gesturing at officers in McDaniels Avenue, Highland Park, on Monday, as a massive manhunt was underway for her son.

Bevan Hurley7 July 2022 00:45

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Kamala Harris under fire for ‘incoherent’ speech at Highland Park shooting site

Kamala Harris has been criticized for her speech in Highland Park, Illinois, the Chicago suburb that was the site of an Independence Day massacre which took the lives of seven people.

The vice president made brief remarks during her visit on Tuesday, a day after the July 4th parade shooting in which more than 30 people were injured.

“We’ve got to take this stuff seriously, as seriously as you are because you have been forced to take this seriously,” she said.

“The whole nation should understand and have a level of empathy to understand that this could happen anywhere [to] any people in any community. And we should stand together and speak out about why it’s got to stop,” she added.

Gustaf Kilander has the story.

Bevan Hurley7 July 2022 00:15



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