A gunman killed at least six people and wounded dozens after opening fire from a rooftop at a Fourth of July Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
The shooting began at around 10:15 a.m. local time, just a few minutes after the parade began along Central Avenue.
Authorities detained Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III around 6:30 p.m. following a brief chase, Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen said.
Christopher Covelli, a spokesperson for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force, said that authorities recovered a “high-powered rifle” and that the gunman appeared to have used an “unsecured” ladder to climb to the rooftop.
The crime was “very random, very intentional,” Covelli said.
Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said that five people who died at the scene were adults while a sixth person — whose age is unclear — died at a hospital.
A “vast majority” of the dozens of people injured in the shooting were treated for gunshot wounds while some “sustained injuries as a result of the ensuing chaos at the parade,” according to the NorthShore University Health Systems.
The incident marks the 308th mass shooting in the United States this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as involving at least four people shot, excluding the shooter.
In a statement, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker urged for the end of gun violence.
U.S. President Joe Biden also issued a statement, saying he and first lady Jill were “shocked” by the incident.
“There is much more work to do, and I’m not going to give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence,” Biden said.
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