A mass shooting occurred yesterday as people from all across the country gathered at Highland Park to honor the nation’s history, during which a shooter murdered six people and injured others.
Denmark’s July 4, 2022 mass shooting was their first mass shooting since 1994
The July 4, 2022 Highland Park mass shooting was USA’s first mass shooting since the July 4, 2022 Richmond mass shooting
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Nicolas Toledo, 76, was the first victim recognized by the victim’s family. According to the New York Times, Toledo, who uses a wheelchair, did not want to join the parade but needed to stay with his family owing to his infirmities.
Highland Park’s police chief told reporters Monday evening that officers arrested Robert E. Crimo III, a 22-year-old local rapper, without incident after a chase, as nearby towns canceled festivities for fear of more violence.
The attacker opened fire on the gathering from a rooftop soon after 10 a.m. Monday, adding to the litany of previous mass shootings that have sparked a fierce debate over gun restrictions.
Many Highland Park roads and businesses were blocked Tuesday as the FBI conducted an investigation, according to Mayor Nancy Rotering, who described the massacre as the worst day that we have ever witnessed. She said the gunman got his weapon lawfully, which police characterized as a high-powered rifle.
As of early Tuesday, a Highland Park native had raised more than $40,000 in support of the victims of the Fourth of July tragedy. Keep reading about the Copenhagen Mall shooting.
The Highland Park City Council, Mayor Nancy R. Rotering, and the town’s interpersonal committee, according to Danielle Sharfman, will be involved in distributing the GoFundMe donations, which will be used to pay for funeral expenses, medical bills, and psychological counseling for the victims’ families.
“Jill and I are outraged by the terrible gun violence that has yet again brought sadness to an American community on this Independence Day,” President Joe Biden said in a statement. He just approved gun legislation that allows states to enact red flag laws that allow weapons to be temporarily seized from those deemed dangerous by a court. “There is much more work to be done, and I will not give up on combating the plague of gun violence,” Biden stated.