Shooting during the July 4th parade in Illinois, 6 dead and 30 wounded: the killer arrested
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Shooting during the July 4th parade in Illinois, 6 dead and 30 wounded: the killer arrested

Before ending up in handcuffs, 22-year-old Robert Crimo fled armed. During the demonstration, he shot the crowd from a rooftop with a rifle

Fear in Highland Park, on the outskirts of Chicago in the State of Illinois, for a shooting that took place during the parade organized on the occasion of the traditional 4th of July party. At least 6 people died and 30 were injured. The Lake County Sheriff urged citizens to move away from the area, where the hunt for the killer began. 22-year-old Robert E. Crimo was eventually arrested while driving his car.

According to American media, the bomber fired from a roof with a rifle that was later found by officers. “The assailant is armed and very dangerous, stay in cover”, the authorities had said before the arrest, in an appeal to the population.

Parade stopped after 10 minutes – The parade started at 10am local time but was stopped 10 minutes later when several gunshots were fired and a general stampede began with many bloody people. The FBI is also on site.

Biden: “Gun violence is an epidemic, I will not give up fighting it” – “There is still a lot of work to be done and I will not give up fighting this epidemic of gun violence,” US President Joe Biden said in a statement. “Jill and I are shocked by this senseless act of violence that brought yet another pain to the American community on Independence Day.”

The story of the witnesses – The attacker opened fire on the thousands of people who were enjoying a day of joy and relaxation with the family. “At first I thought they were fireworks, I didn’t realize they were gunshots,” said a witness. “Then I started seeing bloody people screaming and running away. It was horrible,” said the woman still in shock. “It was a chaotic scene. I tried to call my family and found that they had taken refuge inside a building near the path,” said another witness who was driving to the parade when the shooting began and said. saw people flee from one side to the other. “It was scary, I’ve never seen anything like it in my entire life. People terrified and covered in blood,” said a third person.

The images that have circulated on the sites and social media show overturned chairs, abandoned strollers, thermos and cooler bags thrown on the sidewalk next to the blood of people who have been injured or killed. Scenes of panic and terror of families who a moment earlier were celebrating with their loved ones.