Six people were killed and at least 24 wounded after gunfire erupted at a US Independence Day parade in a Chicago suburb today, authorities said.
The moment the crowd realized there had been mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, at their fourth of July parade. Unfortunately there's nothing more American than this tragedy. pic.twitter.com/beXt9uYP3F
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A gunman began firing from the roof of a retail store into the parade below just minutes after the celebrations began, as per local reports.
The suspected shooter, Robert Crimo, 22, has been arrested. He was taken into custody “without incident” after a brief car chase, Highland Park police chief Lou Jogmen told reporters.
A video on social media shows parade participants suddenly fleeing in panic as shots were fired in the streets of Highland Park, an affluent suburban city. Families are seen sitting on a sidewalk watching the parade. In the next frame, they are seen leaping up from the ground and running, a voice yelling “gunshots” can be heard in the background.
Biden pledges to end gun culture
US President Joe Biden pledged Monday to keep fighting to end the “epidemic” of gun violence in America after a deadly mass shooting at a July 4th parade in a Chicago suburb.
Biden said he and his wife Jill were “shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day,” after six people were killed in the carnage in Highland Park, Illinois.
“I’m not going to give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence,” he said, noting he had signed the first significant gun control measures in decades into law in late June, but that “much more work” remains.