Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 4, 2022 / 17:55 pm (CNA).
Police and the FBI late Monday were searching for a 22-year-old suspect after a shooting at a July Fourth parade in Highland Park, Illinois, that left at least six people dead and 19 injured.
Authorities identified the suspect as Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, who they believe is driving a silver Honda Fit, the Wall Street Journal and other media outlets reported.
Authorities believe the shooter opened fire from a rooftop along the parade route with a high-powered rifle. The shooting started at 10:14 a.m. local time and set off a panicked rush to get to safety.
Photos from the scene showed toppled lawn chairs and children’s bicycles abandoned on the sidewalk.
Highland Park is an affluent suburb about 20 miles north of Chicago along Lake Michigan.
In a statement, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago said he was praying for the victims and first responders. He also spoke out strongly against the scourge of gun violence.
“The parade reportedly had a heavy presence of police and fire vehicles, yet this shooter was able to wound at least two dozen people before he stopped, or was stopped, and fled. Victims ranged in age from 8 to 85. Weapons designed to rapidly destroy human bodies have no place in civil society,” Cupich said.
“It is barely July, and this year the United States is already experiencing more than one mass shooting a day. Chicago Police reported at least 55 shot and 7 killed since Friday, and the holiday weekend is not yet over. Gun violence is now the leading cause of death for U.S. children,” the statement continued.
“Whatever one makes of the right to bear arms, there is plenty of room for prudential judgment in interpreting the Second Amendment so as to enact serious, broadly popular gun-safety measures. The Senate finally passed a significant, yet modest, gun-safety bill last month. But clearly more must be done,” Cupich said.
“The right to bear arms does not eclipse the right to life, or the right of all Americans to go about their lives free of the fear that they might be shredded by bullets at any moment. Gun violence is a life issue. We must continue to pray that all our officials, elected and unelected alike, will redouble their commitment to keeping safe the people they have sworn to serve.”
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