A gunman opened fire Monday morning at the July 4 parade in Highland Park outside Chicago, just the latest in a recent series of mass shootings across the United States.
Here’s how the horror unfolded:
The parade begins on July 4th at 10am
The annual patriotic march in the tony suburb of highland park begins with floats and marching bands and many families on the sidelines cheering them on.
10 minutes later
Gunshots rang out at the intersection of Central Avenue and Second Street after suspect Robert E. “Bobby” Crimo III allegedly climbed onto the roof of a building along the parade route and began shooting at innocent people who had gathered below. A video clip captured two volleys of rapid-fire gunfire as screaming parade-goers fled.
Around 11 o’clock
Reports of gunfire being fired are circulating across the country. About 20 minutes later, a reporter from the Chicago Sun Times tweets a widely shared video of children, men and women running amidst gunfire and klezmer music.
About 1 p.m
Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill told reporters that the gunman fired while seated on the roof of a commercial building with a “high-powered rifle”.
Around 4 p.m
President Biden releases a statement saying he is “shocked” by the shooting. Later he holds a minute’s silence for the victims of the mass murder.
Officials identify Crimo as someone interested in the assassination. They say he’s on the run, driving a silver 2010 Honda Fit, armed and dangerous.
According to local reports, police officers are taking Crimo into custody in Lake Forest, Illinois, about a mile from the scene of the shooting. Cellphone video captured the moment several police officers cornered Crimo and arrested him in the middle of a street with guns pointed at him.
In the following hours
An image of the suspected cold-blooded killer begins to take shape.
Crimo, an amateur rapper, has a history of disturbing online posts citing shootings and bloodshed.
He posted a video to his now-deleted YouTube page that included a drawing of someone who appeared to have been shot dead by police, screenshots posted online showed.
He also released a music video titled “Are You Awake” in October 2021, which featured drawings of a man pointing a gun at a person.
But Crimo’s uncle insists there was no sign his 21-year-old nephew would commit such carnage.
The Mayor of Highland Park reveals that Crimo used a legally obtained firearm in the massacre.
Hours later, officials hold a press conference revealing that Crimo, dressed in woman’s clothing, climbed onto the roof of a building in the upscale suburb to disguise himself and fired dozens of shots with a powerful AR-15 style has gun.
After unloading the barrage of bullets, he hid the gun in a red blanket and dropped it behind the building as he fled during the chaos, according to Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman Christopher Covelli.
The death toll from the July 4 horror has now risen to seven.
On Tuesday night, prosecutors charged the suspected shooter with seven counts of first-degree murder, calling the carnage a “premeditated and calculated assault.” Crimo faces life imprisonment without parole if convicted.
More coverage of the Highland Park parade shoot
Other developments are:
The Lake County Major Crime Task Force releases Crimo’s mug shot. In it, he faces the camera with shaggy, shoulder-length dark hair and tattoos on his face and neck.
Police officials also revealed at a news conference that Crimo admitted fatally shooting parade-goers, that he was “seriously considering” carrying out another mass shooting later Monday and that he had 60 cartridges when he fled the scene.
In addition, they reveal that he used a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 semi-automatic rifle to fire more than 80 rounds at the parade-goers and that he stopped twice to reload his weapon.
Other developments are:
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https://nypost.com/2022/07/06/highland-park-parade-shooting-how-robert-crimos-massacre-unfolded/ How the Robert Crimo massacre unfolded