Another Highland Park shooting victim has died: updates
A Lake County police officer walks down Central Avenue in Highland Park on July 4 after the shooting.
Photo: Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images
Seven people were killed and more than 30 injured on Monday when a rooftop gunman armed with a high-powered rifle opened fire on spectators during a July 4 parade in suburban Chicago in Highland Park . The 21-year-old shooter was later apprehended, but his motive remains unclear. In the aftermath of Monday night’s attack, there were several chaotic incidents across the country in which crowds watching fireworks demonstrations went wild after reports of gunfire; most were false alarms. The Highland Park shooting is the third high-profile mass shooting in the United States in less than two months, following the massacre of white supremacists at a Buffalo supermarket and the Uvalde school shooting in May. Below is what we know about this latest attack and its aftermath.
At around 10:15 a.m. Monday morning, shortly after the start of an Independence Day parade in the affluent Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois, a gunman stood on a downtown rooftop opened fire on protesters with a high-powered semi-automatic rifle, sending marchers and onlookers running for their lives. The shooter quickly fired over 70 rounds into the crowd and then fled.
Seven people were killed in the attack. Five died Monday at the scene and another later after being taken to a nearby hospital. A seventh victim later died on Tuesday, police said. More than 30 people were injured either by gunfire or in the resulting panic. Highland Park Hospital said on Monday that 25 of the 26 victims it had seen had gunshot wounds. The victims ranged in age from 8 to 85 and at least five of those killed were adults.
Local residents took shelter in place as more than 100 law enforcement agencies worked to apprehend the shooter. Eight hours after the shooting, police arrested the suspected shooter, 21-year-old Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, after a brief chase in an adjacent town on the Chicago-area North Shore. He still had not been charged a day later.
Law enforcement officials said on Tuesday that the shooter apparently spent several weeks planning the attack, but while the shooter’s motive was still under investigation, his choice of target appeared to have been random. . “We have no information at this point to suggest he was motivated by race, religion or any other protected status,” Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.
The shooter reached the roof of a business by climbing an fire escape, Covelli said, and had dressed in women’s clothing so he could hide his appearance and escape during the chaos.
Covelli also said the shooter appears to have legally purchased the rifle he used in the attack, which was recovered from the roof. Another rifle that the shooter had purchased was found in his car after his arrest.
Seven people were killed in the attack and as of midday Tuesday local authorities had yet to officially identify any of them. A doctor who treated the victims said they looked like they had been “blown up” as if they had been in a war:
The Chicago Grandstand reports that one of those killed was Jacki Sundheimemployee of a synagogue near Glencoe, North Shore Congregation Israel, where she coordinated events and taught preschool.
Nicholas Toledo, 76, was also killed in the attack. The New York Time reports that when the shooting began, Toledo was sitting in his wheelchair surrounded by his family, who attend the parade every year. The grandfather, a dual Mexican and American citizen who emigrated to the United States in the 1980s but has divided his time between the two countries over the years, was reportedly beaten three times. Two other members of the group he was with, Toledo’s son and his granddaughter’s boyfriend, were also shot but their injuries were not life threatening.
Among the victims injured in the attack were a local schoolteacher and her husband, according to a GoFundMe shared on Twitter by the Chicago Teachers Union.
21-year-old white gunman Robert “Bobby” Crimo III was a longtime resident of Highland Park who posted and apparently made money from rap videos on YouTube under the nickname “The Awake Rapper.”
The Chicago Grandstand notes that the collection of 17 videos under Crimo’s now-deleted YouTube account “alternates between sane and foreboding”:
In one video, a teenager who looks like Crimo is skateboarding and jostling with his buddies. Another captures what appears to be a government motorcade escorted by police leaving an airport before a man who appears to be Crimo pans the camera towards his tattooed face.
A black-and-white video, taken with a selfie stick, shows a brooding figure that looks like Crimo walking through a neighborhood. In another, a journal with a headline by Lee Harvey Oswald can be seen over his shoulder. The scariest video is the latest in the series, uploaded eight months ago, which features footage of a young man in a bedroom and classroom as well as cartoons of a gunman and shot people . Superimposed on the video is a rotating image of interlocking triangles.
“I have to go now, I just have to do it,” says the video’s voiceover. ” It’s my destiny. Everything led to this; nothing can stop me, not even myself.
A researcher from the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, Emerson T. Brooking, told Washington Job that Crimo “was immersed in fringe internet culture. But nothing uncovered so far suggests a clear political or ideological motive.
Crimo photos have emerged showing him attending at least one Trump rally, but it’s unclear if he was actually a Trump supporter; an old friend of the shooter told the Job that Crimo was “persistently apolitical”.
This post has been updated.