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

The death toll in the mass shooting at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois has risen to seven, authorities announced on Tuesday.

Police say a gunman scaled a fire escape and fired more than 70 rounds down onto the bustling crowd from a business rooftop hitting dozens of spectators, leaving five dead at the scene and fatally wounding two more.

Hours later, police announced that they arrested a 21-year-old man named Robert E Crimo, as a person of interest.

Photo of Robert Crimo dressed as a woman to escape the area of the mass shooting

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“It sounded like fireworks going off,” shared a witness, Richard Kaufmann. “It was pandemonium. People were covered in blood tripping over each other.”

Lake County Sgt Christopher Covelli said in a press conference on Tuesday that the suspect “planned his attack for several weeks” and dressed in women’s clothes as a disguise so that he could slip under the radar as he fled the scene.

The gun used in the shooting was a high-powered rifle “similar to an AR-15”, police said, and like the second rifle found inside Crimo’s vehicle when he was arrested on Monday, it too was legally purchased.

Among the victims are grandfather Nicholas Toledo, 76, and former preschool teacher Jacki Sundheim, 63.

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Victims of the Highland Park mass shooting: What we know so far

A loving grandfather and devoted mum and member of a local synagogue are among the seven victims fatally wounded during the Independence Day mass shooting in Highland Park.

Bevan Hurley5 July 2022 21:48

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Suspect Robert Crimo threatened to ‘kill everyone’ in home in 2019

Robert Crimo threatened to “kill everyone” in his home with “collection of knives” three years before shooting, authorities revealed at a press briefing on Wednesday.

Chris Covelli, deputy chief of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, revealed law enforcement had two previous encounters with Mr Crimo.

In April 2019, police were notified he had attempted suicide. They spoke with his parents and with Mr Crimo and the matter was handled by mental health services.

Then in September 2019, a family member contacted authorities to say Mr Crimo was threatening to “kill everyone”.

“Police responded, they took the knives out of the home,” Mr Covelli said.

Bevan Hurley5 July 2022 21:47

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Names of six of the seven victims are released

The names of six of the seven victims of the Highland Park Indpendence Day parade have been released at a news conference this afternoon.

Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said they are Katherine Goldstein, 64, Irena McCarthy, 35, Kevin McCarthy, 37, Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63, Stephen Strauss, 88, and Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78.

Bevan Hurley5 July 2022 21:38

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Highland Park shooting victim shares gruesome photo of her face grazed by bullet

A young parade-goer who narrowly survived after her cheek was grazed by a bullet in the Highland Park July 4th mass shooting shared confronting images of her injuries while calling out the “ridiculous” lack of action on gun control.

“I cant f***ing believe I was in the middle of a mass shooting,” the woman, known only as Lilli, wrote on Twitter under a photo of her bloodstained face.

Bevan Hurley5 July 2022 21:32

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Highland Park shooting suspect has bizarre obsession with the number 47

The 21-year-old suspected of opening fire on the Highland Park 4th of July parade appears to have an obsession with the number 47.

Mr Crimo left an extensive digital footprint in which the aspiring rapper, who performed under the alter-ego Awake, frequently referenced the number 47.

He also had the number tattooed on the side of his face, and it was also painted on the door of a car parked outside his family home.

Bevan Hurley5 July 2022 21:20

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ICYMI: Mayor reveals she was Robert Crimo’s Cub Scout leader

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering has revealed that she once served as the Cub Scout leader for Robert Crimo, the 22-year-old person of interest who was arrested in connection with the Fourth of July mass shooting that left six dead and dozens injured.

Speaking to NBC Today Show host Hoda Kotb on Tuesday morning, Ms Rotering explained that she could not say whether Mr Crimo was known to authorities before the Independence Day shooting but she had personally known him several years before when she worked as a Cub Scout leader in the area.

“I know him as somebody who was a Cub Scout when I was the Cub Scout leader,” Ms Rotering said. “And it’s one of those things where you step back and you say, ‘What happened?’ How did somebody become this angry, this hateful to then take it out on innocent people who, literally, were just having a family day out?”

When pressed by the host about whether she had any specific memories of Mr Crimo from when he was a little boy, the mayor kept her response blunt but succinct: “He was just a little boy.”

Keep reading the full report from Johanna Chisholm below:

Johanna Chisholm5 July 2022 21:06

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MTG shares photoshopped image of suspect while pushing baseless shooting claims

Marjorie Taylor Greene admitted to spreading a photoshopped photo as she doubled down on a series of baseless claims about the mass shooting at a July 4th parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

The Georgia representative began her bizarre assertions hours after the shooting on Monday when she suggested that suspected gunman Robert Crimo’s rampage could be blamed on illicit drug abuse or the side effects of commonly-used antidepressants.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.

Bevan Hurley5 July 2022 20:48

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Death toll from July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park rises to seven

The death toll from the mass shooting at a July 4 parade in Highland Park has now risen to seven, with one of the wounded victims succumbing to their injuries one day on from the attack.

Read Rachel Sharp’s full story here.

Bevan Hurley5 July 2022 20:29

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Opinion: The Highland Park shooting suspect was arrested peacefully. Jayland Walker was shot 60 times

Robert Crimo, the 21-year-old white man who became a person of interest in the mass shooting of families at a Fourth of July parade was taken into custody without incident after police spotted his car, while Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old unarmed Black man, was shot 60 times by police officers in Akron, Ohio last Monday, writes Michael Arceneaux in an opinion piece about the two violent incidents that happened only a week apart from one another.


These events, all happening within such a short amount of time, tell us much about the state of our nation: That it is violent, angry, and trigger-happy. That we can’t count on police to keep us safe from mass shootings and many of the angry young white men behind them. That if you are a Black man, you are still potentially just one traffic stop away from death.

Michael Arceneaux

Read the full opinion piece from Michael Arceneaux below:

Johanna Chisholm5 July 2022 20:22

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Photo shows Crimo disguised in women’s clothes

A photo has emerged purportedly showing Mr Crimo disguised in women’s clothing after he fled the scene of Monday’s shooting.

The Independent’s Rachel Sharp has more:

Megan Sheets5 July 2022 20:11



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