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9 killed in mass shooting at US' Fourth of July parade in Chicago

Horror on the Fourth: Those pops from the rooftop never stopped, people in the parade fell to the ground, one by one. It sounded like the parade fireworks going off early, a survivor described. It was mayhem. Everyone was screaming and running for cover. Nine killed and 36 wounded is not the final count. Shooter “Bobby” Crimo has been nabbed.

CHICAGO, July 4: The Fourth of July shooting suspect who killed nine and wounded dozens at the Highland Park independence day gathering in the Chicago suburb on Monday has been nabbed. Robert E. “Bobby” Crimo III, 22, was “taken into custody without incident” at Westleigh Road in Lake Forest after a short chase, police said.

In one of the worst mass shootings in the US in the recent past, the gunman sprayed bullets from his “high-powered rifle” from a rooftop onto the crowd of families attending the parade in the morning. Jubilant crowds in celebration were waving flags and children were riding bikes when the rain of gunfire came down from the rooftop, claiming nine lives and wounding 36 others. It was absolute mayhem, everyone tried to get out, ran helter skelter, looking for safety. Flags all dropped to the ground, scattered chairs, blood all around and the dead and wounded lying around was the horrific scene the parade ground looked after the shooting spree.

It sounded like the parade fireworks going off early, a survivor described the incident. He heard around 200 shots, he told Reuters. Terrified, everyone was screaming and running.

Till late in the night police were unable to identify a motive for the crime. Investigators said a firearm has been recovered from the scene. The gunman stopped firing when police arrived on the scene, and slipped out. "Bobby" Crimo lives with his father and uncle in Highwood north of Highland Park.

The parades and festivities in other venues were canceled following the Highland Park mass shooting. Evanston, Skokie, Deerfield, Glencoe, Winnetka, Waukegan , Northbrook, Lake Forest, Glenview and Morton Grove were among those canceling Independence Day festivities and fireworks.

A little later, there was another shooting in Philadelphia. Two police offers were shot at near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway when thousands of people were celebrating the Fourth concert and fireworks.

President Joe Biden said he and his wife Jill were "shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day."

Earlier in May 19 little children were shot in a school in Texas and 10 Blacks at a grocery shop in New York, both by young people. These and hundreds of other shootings in a spate of gun violence in the country triggered a nationwide campaign leading to a new 'piecemeal' legislation on gun control.

What is 'Fourth of July'

'Fourth of July' in the United States commemorates the Declaration of Independence ratified on July 4, 1776. On that say the delegates of the 13 colonies officially adopted the Declaration of Independence and ended British rule. It is a day when Americans gather together with their families across the US to celebrate.

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