The Highland Park, 4th of July parade-shooter has been taken into custody after having killed six and injured over two dozen US citizens.
The suspect, Robert Crimo III, 22, was identified as a “person of interest” as the police and FBI believed there was only one shooter but was commissioned as “armed and dangerous.” Highland Park police chief Lou Jogmen told a reporter that Crimo was taken into custody “without incident.”
Following the shooting, US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden said in a statement that they were “shocked by the senseless gun violence,” and further promised that the president of the US “will not give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence.”
One of the Highland Park residents, Emily Prazak, said told AFP that “This is the day that we celebrate our country. This is also a day that our freedom got stolen from us — because many of us residents here, in this building even, we’re all locked down.”
Recently, the US Senate passed a bill aimed at curbing the gun violence ravaging the United States, which has been particularly rampant over the past couple of months.
The bill that passed the Senate floor includes narrow restrictions on firearm ownership and allocates several billion dollars to mental health and school security funding.
On July 2nd, New York lawmakers adopted a broad revamp of the state’s handgun licensing requirements, hoping to keep certain restrictions on weapons in place after the US Supreme Court ruled that American citizens have the fundamental right to carry arms in public.
This comes at a time when gun violence has become the main culprit behind children’s deaths in the US.
The bill, which was signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul after passing both houses by large margins, is likely certain to spark additional legal challenges from gun rights activists who argue that the state continues to place too many limits on who may obtain weapons and where they can carry them.
Source: Agencies (editted by Al-Manar English Website)