Multiple people were killed and many others were wounded when a gunman started shooting about 10 minutes after the Highland Park Fourth of July parade kicked off Monday morning.
What many parade-goers initially thought was fireworks turned out to be gunfire from a shooter perched atop the roof of a nearby business. As attendees rushed to flee the scene, they left behind the belongings brought to enjoy the holiday celebration. Children’s bikes decorated with red-white-and-blue streamers, lawn chairs, beach balls and flip flops were left behind on the sidewalks lining the parade route.
Authorities quickly began attempting to secure the area and searching for the gunman. More than eight hours after a gunman killed seven people and wounded dozens more by firing a “high-powered rifle” from a rooftop onto a crowd attending the parade, police pulled over and arrested the “person of interest” — identified as Robert E. “Bobby” Crimo III, 21.