Police arrest suspect after gunman kills six during US 4th of July parade

HIGHLAND PARK: Police arrested a suspect on Monday (July 4) after a mass shooting left six dead at a US Independence Day parade in a wealthy Chicago suburb, casting a shadow on the country’s most patriotic holiday.

Robert Crimo, 22, was identified as a ‘person of interest’ and became the target of a massive manhunt through the town of Highland Park in Illinois, where a gunman on the roof with a high-powered rifle transformed a family-oriented 4th of July parade celebration. in a scene of death and trauma.

Shooting into holiday crowds, the shooter sparked scenes of utter chaos as panicked onlookers ran for their lives, leaving behind a parade route littered with chairs, abandoned balloons and personal belongings.

Emergency officials said about two dozen people, including children, were treated for gunshot wounds, some in critical condition.

After a brief car chase, Crimo was taken into custody “without incident”, Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen told reporters.

Earlier, police warned he was armed and “very dangerous”.

The shooting is part of a wave of gun violence plaguing the United States, where about 40,000 deaths a year are caused by firearms, according to the Gun Violence Archive website.

And it cast a veil over America’s Independence Day, in which cities and towns across the country hold similar parades and people – many dressed in variations on the American flag – hold demonstrations. barbecues, attend sporting events and gather for fireworks.

“We were getting ready to walk down the street, and then all the sudden waves of these people started running after, like running towards us. And just before that happened, we heard the pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, and I thought it was fireworks,” Emily Prazak, who took part in the parade, told AFP.

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