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[WATCH] Highland Park July 4th Parade Death Toll Now at 7

[WATCH] Highland Park July 4th Parade Death Toll Now at 7

The gunman who attacked an Independence Day parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park fired more than 70 rounds with an AR-15-style gun that killed at least seven people. He then evaded initial capture by dressing as a woman and blending into the fleeing crowd, police said Tuesday.

More than 30 people were wounded in the attack, including one who died Tuesday, task force spokesman Christopher Covelli said.

The suspected shooter, who was arrested late Monday, used a legally obtained high-powered rifle “similar to an AR-15” to spray bullets from atop a commercial building into a crowd that had gathered for the parade in Highland Park, a close-knit community on the shores of Lake Michigan that has a large Jewish population. He has been identified as Robert Crimo III.

A police officer pulled Crimo over at a traffic light just north of the shooting scene several hours after police released his photo and warned that he was likely armed and dangerous, Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen said. Crimo was taken into custody without incident, which was immediately followed by a flurry of angry social media posts in response.

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Investigators who have interrogated the suspect and reviewed his social media posts have not yet determined a motive for the attack or found any indication that he targeted anyone by race, religion, or other protected status, Covelli said. NorthShore University HealthSystem told the Associated Press they treated 39 people at four of its hospitals after the shooting. Nine people, ranging from 14 to 70, remain hospitalized Tuesday. One patient, a 69-year-old man, was in critical condition from a gunshot wound.

 

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