Bystanders run after hearing gunshots at a show on July 4th in Illinois
At least six adults were killed and 38 injured in a mass shooting at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday after a gunman who survived a fire shot more than 70 shots into the roaring crowd from the rooftop of a commercial building.
Hours later, the police announced that they had arrested a 21-year-old man, Robert E. Cremo, as a VIP.
“It looked like fireworks were going off,” said one witness, Richard Kaufman. “It was pandemonium. People were covered in blood falling on top of each other.”
Lake County Sgt. Christopher Coveley said at a news conference Tuesday that the suspect “planned his attack for several weeks” and wore women’s clothing as a camouflage so he could slip under the radar as he fled the scene.
Police said the rifle used in the shooting was a high-powered rifle “similar to an AR-15,” and like the second rifle found inside Cremo’s car when he was arrested Monday, it was also legally purchased.
Authorities have not formally charged the 21-year-old, but Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rottering told CBS she expects the criminal charges to be announced later Tuesday.
An NBC journalist says some online communities are “effective terrorist cells with much larger goals.”
NBC News’ Ben Collins, who covers disinformation, extremism and the internet for US media, says traditional media need to do a better job of covering far-right communities online, which early reports indicate Robert Cremo, the person interested in the Highland shooting Park, was a member of .
“The communities that Crimo has been in online are much more racist than what has been talked about in the traditional political media, and that has to change. A NBC journalist tweeted, while retweeting an article that he wrote about Crimo being a Trump fan, but he He does not want people to blame the former US president alone.
“We have to start having larger conversations about these things, about agony, about blackness, about how online extremist sects interact with everyday politics. It doesn’t exist in the political dichotomy we’re used to. The internet has broken culture into a million pieces.”
Joanna Chisholm5 July 2022 18:45
What we know about the gun used by the Highland Park shooter Robert Cremo
Police said at a press briefing Tuesday that the type of rifle used in the mass shooting at the Highland Park 4th of July parade, which killed six people and wounded at least 38, was a high-powered rifle that “looks like an AR-15.”
Authorities initially said they had recovered a “rifle” along the route of the July 4 parade, and that they had deliberately withheld more details as they pursued the gunman.
During a news conference Tuesday, Sgt. Christopher Coveley, of the Lake County Key Crime Squad, shed more light on the firearm used in the deadly attack, telling reporters that after the gunman climbed an escape fire from businesses along the parade route, then He fired more than 70 shots at the crowd.
According to the Mayor of Highland Park, the gun used in the attack was legally purchased and authorities later confirmed that they had uncovered multiple firearms at Mr Kremo’s home, including a pistol, all of which were also legally purchased.
Read the full briefing given by my colleague Bevan Hurley below:
Joanna Chisholm5 July 2022 18:42
YouTube and Spotify remove content posted by Robert Cremo
Both YouTube and Spotify have confirmed that they have removed content previously shared on their platforms by Robert Crimo, according to CNN.
“Following the horrific incident in Highland Park, our trust and safety teams quickly identified and removed the offending content, in accordance with our community guidelines,” YouTube told CNN in a written statement.
“Spotify, in partnership with the distributor, has removed the content in question,” Spotify said in a separate statement to the media.
Neither company has provided answers about whether Mr. Kremo’s content was reported or reported to brokers prior to the July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois.
independent I previously mentioned how Cremo, who goes by his nickname Bobby, considered himself an amateur rapper. He allegedly uploaded a number of videos online, several months before the shooting, filled with violent images and depictions of mass murder.
His stage name, “Awake the Rapper,” has reportedly garnered more than 16,000 listeners per month on his Spotify page, since it was removed.
Joanna Chisholm5 July 2022 18:35
Biden orders half-mast of US flag in honor of Highland Park victims
American flags will be flown halfway across the United States and on all US ships, embassies and other overseas facilities until sunset Friday after President Joe Biden ordered them to be lowered in honor of the victims of the Highland Park, Illinois, shooting.
“As a sign of respect for the victims of the unconscionable violence perpetrated on our Independence Day, July 4, 2022, in Highland Park, Illinois, by the power vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of The United States is half-staffed…until sunset, July 9, 2022,” Mr. Biden wrote in an announcement issued by the White House on Tuesday.
In what has become a grim ritual, Biden made a similar announcement after mass shootings in Ovaldi, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, two months ago.
Read the full report from The Independent White House Correspondent Andrew Feinberg:
Joanna Chisholm5 July 2022 18:14
Authorities say Krimo had several legal firearms registered to his name
In addition to the high-powered rifle used in the attack – which was left at the scene and described by police as “similar to an AR-15” – Mr. Kremo also had a second rifle in his car when he was arrested Monday night after the Highland Park mass shooting.
During a search of the suspect’s home, authorities said during a press conference on Tuesday that they had uncovered several other firearms, including pistols.
Police said all firearms were legally purchased and registered in his name.
Joanna Chisholm5 July 2022 17:57
Cremo “planned the attack for several weeks”, dressed in women’s clothing to escape the shooting
The Highland Park shooting suspect “planned his attack for several weeks” and is wearing women’s clothing as a camouflage so he can slip under the radar as he flees the scene of the mass shooting, according to law enforcement.
Robert Cremo III, 21, was arrested Monday night after an eight-hour manhunt.
Lake County Sgt. Christopher Coveley said at a news conference Tuesday that Krimo was caught in a video dressed in women’s clothing so he could blend in with the crowd of terrified show-goers as they fled the scene of the massacre. He said he was not sure if the suspect was wearing a wig at the time.
Follow this evolving story with my colleague Rachel Sharp less:
Joanna Chisholm5 July 2022 17:54
Authorities say the rifle used in the attack resembled an AR-15
Authorities said the gun used in the deadly 4th of July shooting that left six dead and dozens injured was similar to an AR-15.
During a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, law enforcement officers also confirmed that all six people killed in the brutal mid-morning attack were adults.
Joanna Chisholm5 July 2022 17:46
Robert Cremo went to Trump’s rally dressed as Where’s Waldo
Robert Cremo, 21, who was arrested as a VIP in connection with the mass shooting at the July 4 parade in Highland Park, once attended Donald Trump’s rally dressed as a character from “Where’s Waldo”.
Karimo, who has not been formally charged over the attack, appears to be a supporter of the former president. In addition to disturbing videos posted online before Monday’s massacre, he was once photographed dressed as Waldo at a Trump rally in Northbrook, Illinois, in September 2020.
He posted a selfie of himself at the event with the Trump 2020 flag in the background.
Continue reading the full report from my colleague Rachel Sharp less:
Joanna Chisholm5 July 2022 17:35
Cremo attack planned for weeks
Authorities held a press conference shortly before noon on Tuesday, revealing that the person of concern, Robert Cremo, had allegedly planned his attack for weeks.
It was also revealed that Crimo was able to stay on the run for so long because he was dressed in women’s clothing.
Furthermore, the officials confirmed that Cremo is 21 years old and not 22 as previously reported.
Megan Sheets5 July 2022 17:34
A pre-school teacher and her husband shoot in front of their two young children
A pre-school teacher and her husband were shot in front of their two young children during the Highland Park eruption that left six people dead.
Zoe, Stephen Colpac, and her father and brother-in-law were all injured when a gunman opened fire at a Fourth of July event in a suburban Chicago on Monday.
The whole family is said to be undergoing “various surgeries” at the hospital, according to the fundraising page. They were among 38 people wounded in the latest US mass shooting.
Continue reading the full report from my colleague Chiara Giordano less:
Joanna Chisholm5 July 2022 17:15