By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
HIGHLAND PARK, USA (Worthy News) – The man who allegedly fatally shot seven people and wounded more than 30 others near the U.S. city of Chicago had planned the attack for weeks, officials said Tuesday.
The gunman wore women’s clothing during his getaway from a rooftop after firing more than 70 bullets towards the July 4 Independence Day parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park.
A man held in connection with the shooting, Robert E. Crimo III, 21, could legally obtain five guns – including the murder weapon, despite a suicide attempt and a threat to “kill everyone” in 2019, authorities revealed Tuesday.
In April 2019, police seized 16 knives, a dagger, and a sword from Crimo, after a family member warned police, recalled Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
The details of the 2019 incident and attempted suicide raised questions about how and why Crimo was able to purchase several guns ahead of the parade legally.
News about Crimo’s past came as the seventh victim died of injuries at a hospital outside of Lake County, authorities said.
The other victims were named as Highland Park residents Katherine Goldstein, 64; Irina McCarthy, 35; Kevin McCarthy, 37; Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63; Stephen Straus, 88, and 78-year-old Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza of Morelos, Mexico.
Monday’s attack has renewed a debate about gun violence in the United States, following several deadly shootings in recent weeks.
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