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By Dave Pulver

Six people were killed, and 30 others wounded when a gunman opened fire on 4th of July parade-goers in Highland Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago. The shooter opened fire around 10:15 a.m. when the parade was about three-quarters through, authorities said.

The shooter opened fire from the roof of a commercial building and was difficult to see according to Highland Park Police Commander Chris O’Neill.  Police recovered the gunman’s rifle at the scene and found a ladder attached to the building.

NorthShore University Health Center received 26 patients after the attack. All but one had gunshot wounds, said Dr. Brigham Temple, medical director of emergency preparedness.  Their ages ranged from 8 to 85, and Temple estimated that four or five were children.

After an hours-long manhunt, suspect Robert E. Crimo III was captured at a traffic stop without incident.  Crimo, who goes by the name Bobby, was an aspiring rapper with the stage name Awake the Rapper, posting on social media dozens of videos and songs, some of them ominous and violent.

Crimo’s father, Bob, a longtime deli owner, ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Highland Park in 2019, calling himself “a person for the people.”

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Dave Pulver is a retired communications engineer of 35 years.  His interests include technology, history, civics, and politics.

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