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July 5, 2022 Highland Park, Illinois, parade shooting news

Police reveal past incidents with suspected Highland Park gunman

What we know so far

  • The Highland Park, Illinois, mass shooting suspect has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder after at least seven people were killed and dozens were injured at a July 4th parade on Monday. 
  • Police say the suspect used a “high-powered rifle” in the attack and may have planned the shooting “for several weeks.” Authorities interacted with the suspect twice in 2019, and in one case, multiple knives were removed from his home. 
  • Witnesses described frantically fleeing the parade when they realized they heard gunshots, not fireworks. Highland Park is located about 25 miles north of Chicago.
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Vice President Harris visits Highland Park shooting scene: "We're here for you and we stand with you"

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks near the site of Monday's mass shooting.

Vice President Kamala Harris visited the scene of the Highland Park, Illinois, mass shooting on Tuesday evening, expressing in remarks to reporters her support for the community and urging the country to “stand together and speak out” about why gun violence has to stop.

“We’re here for you and we stand with you. And of course, as we always say, because it is true, our prayers are with you. The President and I and our administration have put all the resources and will continue to put all the resources that the mayor, and the chief, and others need in terms of the federal assistance,” Harris said.

“There’s a lot of healing that’s gonna have to happen, that is both physical and emotional. There is no question that this experience is something that is gonna linger in terms of the trauma. And so I’d like to urge all the families and all the individuals to do — seek the support that you so rightly to serve,” Harris continued.

Harris also used a portion of her remarks to address gun safety in the United States.

“We’ve got to be smarter as a country, in terms of who has access to what, and in particular, assault weapons. And we’ve got to take this stuff seriously, as seriously as you are, because you have been forced to have to take this seriously,” she said.

Harris was accompanied on her visit by Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, Rep. Brad Schneider, a Democrat who represents the 10th District in Illinois, and state Sen. Julie Morrison, according to the press pool traveling with her Tuesday.

More on the vice president’s Illinois visit: During a call Tuesday morning, Rotering invited the vice president to join her in Highland Park following Harris’ speech to the National Education Association.

Harris delivered remarks earlier on Tuesday in Chicago, just miles from Highland Park, and pointedly told Congress to “have the courage” to act on an assault weapons ban and to “stop protecting” gun manufacturers.

“Yesterday, it should have been a day to come together with family and friends to celebrate our nation’s independence and instead, that community suffered a violent tragedy,” Harris said in remarks to the National Education Association on Tuesday.

“We need to stop this violence,” she said.

“You know, I’ve said it before. Enough is enough,” she said forcefully. “I mean, here we are, our nation is still mourning the loss of those 19 babies and their two teachers in Uvalde.”

CNN’s Mary Kay Mallonee contributed reporting to this post.

Illinois State Police granted firearm card after getting report from local police on shooting suspect 

In September 2019, Illinois State Police (ISP) received a “Clear and Present Danger report” from the Highland Park Police Department regarding threats Highland Park shooting suspect Robert “Bobby” Crimo III allegedly made against family members, the agency said in a statement Tuesday.

The agency added that they didn’t make any arrests at the time due to a lack of charges or further evidence of threats.

According to ISP, family members were not willing to file a complaint and no further information about additional threats or mental health issues was shared.

Because Crimo didn’t have an active Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card or a pending request for one at the time, police decided “involvement with the matter was concluded.”

In December 2019, when Crimo was 19 years old, he applied for a FOID card that was sponsored by his father, ISD says.

“The subject was under 21 and the application was sponsored by the subject’s father. Therefore, at the time of FOID application review in January of 2020, there was insufficient basis to establish a clear and present danger and deny the FOID application.”

Grandsons describe shooting victim Stephen Straus as full of life: "He was not ready to go by any means"

Stephen Straus.

Stephen Straus, an 88-year-old man identified by authorities as one of the seven victims killed in the Highland Park, Illinois, July Fourth parade mass shooting, was described by his family as good humored and full of life.

Straus’ grandsons told CNN on Tuesday they had a close relationship with their grandfather who they saw almost every Sunday for weekly family dinners. 

“He was very active, he enjoyed life,” Maxwell Straus, 18, told CNN. “He attended music festivals, loved to get outside, and biked into his 80s.”

Maxwell Straus said that his grandfather mentioned he was going to the parade during a recent dinner. “He was very excited,” Maxwell Straus recalled. 

When news about the shooting surfaced, Maxwell’s father, Jonathan Straus, grew very worried after Stephen failed to answer his phone.

A few hours later, the hospital called to confirm his death. 

“It was shocking, hard to imagine,” Maxwell said.

Tobias Straus, 20, told CNN that hearing the news of his grandfather’s death was the “the worst thing imaginable to happen.”

“He had a lot of life left in him, he was not ready to go by any means,” Tobias added. “This just doesn’t happen in other places, and I have no doubt that if America had better gun control my grandfather would be alive.”

“The gun lobby and America’s cultural worship of guns is deadly. It kills grandfathers,” he added. 

Parents of 2-year-old boy among those killed in Highland Park shooting

Irina and Kevin McCarthy.

What was supposed to be a day of national celebration turned into a day of tragedy and fear when a gunman killed seven people and injured dozens of others at a July Fourth parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

Now, yet another community in America is grieving the loss of family and friends: Among them, the parents of a 2-year-old boy.

Irina and Kevin McCarthy, who were killed in the shooting, are the parents of a toddler who was found alive after the parade shooting, according to a family member.

Irina Colon, who was related to Irina McCarthy, shared an undated photo with CNN of the couple at their wedding in Chicago.

Colon said she was not at the parade and found out about the couple’s death from Irina McCarthy’s father. The couple’s 2-year-old son, Aiden, will now be cared for by family members, Colon said.

verified GoFundMe campaign that Colon began said that in the aftermath of the violence, the young child was taken to safety by community members before his grandparents were located.

“At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” the campaign said. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving family and he will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”

“On behalf of his family, and with their permission, I am establishing this fundraiser to support him and the caregivers who will be tasked with raising, caring for, and supporting Aiden as he and his support system embark on this unexpected journey,” it added.

The GoFundMe page had raised more than $725,000 by Tuesday evening.

Shooting suspect attended an April service at a local synagogue, congregation official says

A Highland Park, Illinois, synagogue congregation official tells CNN that shooting suspect Robert E. Crimo was present at a Passover service in April at Central Avenue Synagogue.

The congregation official said Crimo did not act suspicious and left on his own.

“He didn’t look familiar, but didn’t do anything,” the congregation official told CNN. 

In an earlier interview with CNN Newsroom with Ana Cabrera, Rabbi Yosef Schanowitz was asked about Crimo’s visit to his synagogue but noted he could not comment because it was an ongoing investigation.

“Well, I apologize, but I was directed by the authorities because the investigation is pending, not to talk [about] this item at the moment,” the Rabbi said.

Today, law enforcement told reporters they did not have any information regarding the visit and that they have not uncovered evidence to suggest the attack was religiously motivated.

Lake County state's attorney: "All of the people who died, steps from here, lost their freedom"

A couple looks toward the scene of the mass shooting in downtown Highland Park, Illinois, on Tuesday, July 5.

Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said that more needs to be done to prevent tragedies like the mass shooting that left at least seven people dead in Highland Park, Illinois, at a July 4th parade.

“What should have been a celebration of freedom has ended in despair for our community. All of the people who died, steps from here, lost their freedom. All of it. Every ounce of freedom that they had. The freedom to love, the freedom to learn and the freedom to live a full life.Their freedom matters too. We must do more, as we think and reflect on their freedom on this July 5,” Rinehart said during a news conference Tuesday evening.

Rinehart highlighted the need to raise more awareness for the Illinois Firearm Restraining Order, a red flag law.

“The goal of this tool is to ensure the safety of the individual and those around him. It allows courts to temporarily remove guns and prevent the purchase of new guns by individuals who pose a significant risk,” he explained.

Rinehart also called for a ban on assault weapons in “Illinois and beyond.”

“As we go forward in the courtroom and in the community, we must do everything we can to make sure that the horror that marked these streets, that echoed from these buildings never happens again,” he said.

Shooting suspect charged with 7 counts of first-degree murder

The Highland Park, Illinois, shooting suspect, Robert E. Crimo III, has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart announced.

Rinehart said he anticipates more charges in the future.

If Crimo is convicted on these seven charges, it will lead to a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole, Rinehart said. The official said that they will ask the judge tomorrow to hold Crimo “without the possibility of bail.”

“In the courtroom, we will seek the maximum sentence against this offender. Not because we seek vengeance, but because justice and the healing process demand it,” Rinehart said.

At least seven people were killed in the Monday shooting and dozens were injured.

In speech just miles from Highland Park, Harris makes full-throated call for assault weapons ban

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at the National Education Association annual meeting in Chicago on July 5.

Speaking in Chicago, just miles from Highland Park, Vice President Kamala Harris pointedly told Congress to “have the courage” to act on an assault weapon ban and to “stop protecting” gun manufacturers. 

“Yesterday, it should have been a day to come together with family and friends to celebrate our nation’s independence and instead, that community suffered a violent tragedy,” Harris said in remarks to the National Education Association on Tuesday. 

“You know, I’ve said it before. Enough is enough!,” she said, her voice rising to applause from the group. “I mean, here we are, our nation is still mourning the loss of those 19 babies and their two teachers in Uvalde.”

She called the Uvalde shooting a “massacre” that served as “the most recent reminder in evolving of the risks that our children and our educators face every day.”

“Teachers should not have to practice barricading a classroom. Teachers should not have to know how to treat a gunshot wound. And teachers should not be told that lives would have been saved if only you had a gun,” Harris said. 

Last month, President Biden signed into law a bipartisan gun safety measure that Harris called “progress,” but she said the country still has “to do more.” 

“Congress needs to have the courage to act and renew the assault weapons ban,” Harris said. “An assault weapon is designed to kill a lot of human beings quickly. There is no reason that we have weapons of war on the streets of America. We need reasonable gun safety laws.” 

She added that Congress needs to stop “protecting those gun manufacturers with the liability shield.” 

“We cannot give up this fight. We will not tire. Because I know who you are,” she told the crowd. “That is just not in our nature.” 

Harris’ comments came after Biden offered a fairly muted response to the shooting during the White House Independence Day celebration.

“You all heard what happened today. But each day, we’re reminded there’s nothing guaranteed about our democracy, nothing guaranteed about our way of life,” he said during an initial appearance at the BBQ.

Later, Biden held a moment of silence for the victims during the entertainment portion of the event. 

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about Biden’s brief comments and her characterization that he had spoken “forcefully.” She said there had been “many times the President has spoken forcefully, urgently about a moment that that currently exists in our country, which is a gun violence epidemic.” 

“To say that this President has not shown urgency, it’s just false,” she added.

NOW: Officials hold news conference on Highland Park shooting

Eric Rinehart, the Lake County state attorney, is holding a news conference alongside other officials on the deadly Highland Park, Illinois, parade shooting. 

An official said earlier Tuesday that the state attorney’s office is slated to announce charges against the shooting suspect.

The suspect, Robert E. Crimo III, has been in police custody since being apprehended Monday evening, though no charges have been announced.

Former classmates describe Highland Park shooting suspect as withdrawn and odd

Former classmates of the Highland Park, Illinois, shooting suspect on Tuesday described him as an odd, soft-spoken kid who didn’t participate in class or school activities and showed little interest in engaging with his peers. 

The few friends Robert “Bobby” Crimo III had tended to be troublemakers who seemed to relish the notion of being outsiders, a couple of his former classmates said. 

“They wanted to be the ‘anti-’ group, like the rebels,” said Mackenzie, a former classmate who asked to be identified only by her first name to protect her privacy. “The aura they presented was opposite, negative and harsh.”

Mackenzie said she attended middle school and high school with Crimo and once shared a Spanish class with him. “Whenever I heard him speak, it was very lifeless and negative,” she said. “He’s always been down and not enthusiastic.” 

One former classmate who requested anonymity for privacy reasons said he and Crimo used to hang out and play video games and skateboard together in middle school but that they drifted apart when they were freshmen at Highland Park High School. 

“He was a skater kid,” he said of Crimo in middle school. “He would make YouTube videos all the time back then. Kind of DIY videos on how to grip a skateboard or replace a wheel, stuff like that.”

But in high school, the former classmate said, Crimo grew more insular and distant.  

“He was always by himself,” he said. “No one seemed to try to be his friend.”  

Just before Crimo dropped out of Highland Park High in 2017, he splattered “Awake” stickers in the school’s stairways and bathrooms, the former classmate said. Crimo made rap music under the name “Awake the Rapper.”

On Monday, when authorities announced that Crimo was “a person of interest” in the Fourth of July shooting, a one-time friend said he “was not shocked.”

Molly Handelman, who also said she attended middle school and high school with Crimo, described him as a “very quiet” guy. “When he did talk, he was very soft. He didn’t seem aggressive ever, at all.” 

Handelman, who worked with Crimo on class projects a few times, said “something definitely seemed off” with him.  

“If he was asked to speak, he definitely had an opinion,” she said. “I just remember if he was asked to speak, he would be like, ‘I don’t care,’ kind of thing.” 

“He made it very clear he didn’t care about school,” Handelman said. “His friends got into trouble pretty often in school. He stayed pretty reserved and quiet, so it seemed pretty interesting how he was very quiet but his friends were very rebellious,” she added.

Handelman said she was shocked to learn of Monday’s shooting. “It’s very traumatizing. A lot of people in Highland Park feel like it’s a very safe community,” she said. 

Another former classmate, who also requested CNN not use his name due to privacy concerns, said Crimo “kind of kept his head down, listened to music, walked through the hallways, minded his own business.” This classmate, however, said he didn’t think there was a darker side to Crimo’s reclusive nature. “By no means was I like ‘this kid has demons,’” he told CNN.

They dove on top of their grandkids to shield them during Highland Park mass shooting

When Steve Tilkin first heard gunshots at the July Fourth parade in Highland Park, Illinois, it was his 13-year-old granddaughter who jumped into action first.

“I have no experience in gunshots, but I thought they were just fireworks,” Tilkin said. This was the moment his granddaughter, who had been through active shooter drills, grabbed her 9-year-old brother and dove to the ground, shielding him.

He said he and his wife were standing “in a state of shock.” Soon, he and his wife both dove on top of both of the kids, trying to protect them from the gunfire.

Tilkin said he thinks the shots came from the rooftop of a building across the street from where they were standing. Police have said the shooting suspect fired more than 70 rounds from the roof of a business, although they have not disclosed a specific location.

Once the gunfire subsided, Tilkin and his family ran into a nearby store where a crowd of people was sheltering. The business owners helped everyone get into the basement, away from the storefront.

“There was a number of people in tears. A lot of the kids were really unaware of the complexity and the seriousness of the situation,” he said. “We found a lot of people that were just sitting in a corner. I found one person that was in a closet — I should say storage room, alone just sort of in a fetal position.”

After police swept the basement where they were hiding, searching for the shooting suspect, Tilkin got his first look at the aftermath outside.

“I went to the window at the front, just to look out, and I saw there was a body there, about eight feet from where we were standing and that body was surrounded by a pool of blood and I realize how close we were to getting shot,” he said.

Law enforcement received two previous reports in 2019 about shooting suspect, police say

Illinois law enforcement interacted with shooting suspect Robert E. Crimo III twice before a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park on Monday, police said.

Crimo is in custody and has not yet been charged in connection to the shooting.

Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli, a spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, said in April 2019, someone contacted the Highland Park Police Department a week after learning that Crimo had attempted to die by suicide.

Since it was a delayed report, Covelli said police went to his house and spoke with Crimo and his parents.

“The matter was being handled by mental health professionals at that time. There was no law enforcement action to be taken. It was a mental health issue handled by those professionals,” Covelli said.

He said the second interaction happened in September 2019 when a family member reported that Crimo had a collection of knives and he said “he was going to kill everyone.”

“The police responded to his residence. The police removed 16 knives, a dagger and a sword from Crimo’s home,” Covelli said, adding that at that time, there was no probable cause to arrest Crimo because there were no complaints that were signed by any of the victims.

Investigators are seeking witness they believe saw suspect drop his gun after mass shooting, police say

Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli, a spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, said Tuesday that investigators are looking for a person they believe saw shooting suspect Robert E. Crimo III drop his rifle after the shooting at the Highland Park, Illinois, parade.

“Based on video surveillance recovered by our investigators, we’re very certain that there was a female witness who saw Crimo drop an object inside of a red blanket behind Ross’ at 625 Central Avenue immediately following the shooting,” Covelli said during a news conference Tuesday.

Covelli confirmed the object inside the red blanket was a rifle. The official said police haven’t been able to identify the witness yet, but said if the person hears this request, to please call 1-800-Call-FBI.

Here are the names of the victims who were killed in the Highland Park mass shooting

All but one of the victims of the Highland Park parade mass shooting were identified Tuesday during a news conference.

Here are the names of the victims, according to Lake Country Coroner Jennifer Banek:

  • Katherine Goldstein, 64 of Highland Park
  • Irina McCarthy, 35 of Highland Park
  • Kevin McCarthy, 37 of Highland Park
  • Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63 of Highland Park
  • Stephen Straus, 88 of Highland Park
  • Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78 of Morelos, Mexico

A seventh victim died from injuries Tuesday. Their name has not yet been released.

State attorney expected to announce charges against suspect this evening, official says 

Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli, a spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, said the state attorney’s office is expected to announce charges against the shooting suspect during a news conference at 6:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. CT).

“We anticipate an announcement of charges at this time,” Covelli said.

The shooting suspect remains in custody following the deadly shooting of at least seven people at a Highland Park, Illinois, Fourth of July parade on Monday.

Grandmother who attended Highland Park parade says she wants action, not prayers following deadly shooting

A Highland Park, Illinois, grandmother says she is “done” with gun violence after being forced to hide with her family as a gunman opened fire Monday during a 4th of July parade.

Bobbie Katz Hinden told CNN on Tuesday that she has been attending Highland Park’s 4th of July parade for 30 years. 

She was celebrating the holiday with her two adult children and her 3-year-old grandson.

Katz Hinden says more needs to be done to prevent these acts of violence.

“This morning when I told my kids that I was going to join you. They were shocked that I said yes. And they said ‘Mom, just tell your story. Don’t be political.’” Katz Hinden told CNN. “But I do have to share with you that I’m done. I don’t want people’s prayers. I don’t want their sympathy. We have to do something about this.”

When asked if she would ever take her grandson to a parade again, Katz Hinden told Alisyn Camerota: “That’s a really good question. I’d like to think that my life can go on.”

Katz Hinden, who also runs a childcare center in the area, says they are doing their best to make sure the community gets the healing it needs.

“We had a team meeting this morning with a mental health professional where everybody was able to share their feelings and their own experiences about the day.” Katz Hinden told CNN. “Then we will reach out to all the families we work with and make sure that they are getting the support they need.”

At least seven people were killed in the shooting and dozens have been injured, officials say

Death toll rises to 7 in Highland Park mass shooting

A seventh victim has died from Monday’s fatal mass shooting during a parade in Highland Park, Illinois, Mayor Nancy Rotering tells CNN. 

According to an update from the NorthShore University Health System, a total of 39 people were received at four hospitals from the shooting yesterday.

Highland Park resident says city's gun safety laws drew her there. Years later, she was caught in gunfire

An American flag is flown at half-staff in Highland Park, Illinois, on July 5.

Maggie Schmieder, 40, was sitting with her family and friends in front of the Dairy Queen in Highland Park, Illinois, along the parade route and described the moments after the shooting more as “chaotic calm” than terror or panic.

“People weren’t like sprinting or diving down,” she said. “It was like there was this confusion, but people automatically started going.”

She and her family fled the area and eventually made their way to their car before driving away from the scene safely.

Schmieder works as a teacher and said she has prepared for a mass shooting at her school.

“I always feared that this could happen at work. I naively, truly never thought that it would happen here, and certainly not at a crowded public event with a celebration,” she said.

She told CNN that she moved to Highland Park eight years ago, a year after the city’s 2013 move to ban assault rifles, a push that played into her decision to relocate.

“One of the reasons we sought out Highland Park and chose to live here was due to some of those strict ideas about gun laws, safety, a relatively liberal, forward-thinking, educated community that we felt safe raising our children in,” she said. “I think now the takeaway here is that, while everything that could have been done possibly in terms of those laws, and police presence that was there, and preparedness, and it still wasn’t preventable. It still wasn’t stopped.”

She agreed with Highland Park’s mayor saying that the patchwork of gun laws makes restrictions difficult on a local level.

“Our laws tried to protect the citizens and reflect our values here, but that doesn’t mean they can’t cross county lines, cross-town lines, cross state lines and bring these weapons back in,” she said.

Illinois leaders discuss bipartisan bill to address gun safety after Highland Park shooting

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, along with Democratic Rep. Robin Kelly and other leaders, reacted to the shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, as they discussed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act at Aunt Martha’s Southeast Chicago Community Health Center.

At least six people were killed in the shooting during a 4th of July parade, and dozens have been injured, officials said. The shooting suspect, who has not been charged, was taken into custody Monday evening. He used a “high-powered rifle” in the attack, police said.

President Biden in June signed into law the first major federal gun safety legislation passed in decades, marking a significant bipartisan breakthrough on one of the most contentious policy issues in Washington. The legislation came together in the aftermath of recent mass shootings at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school and a Buffalo, New York, supermarket that was in a predominantly Black neighborhood.  

“This bill places tougher penalties like gun trafficking and straw purchasing. Two of the things that plague us most in Chicago,” Lightfoot said. “With this legislation, straw purchasing is now a federal crime, a critically important step. Gun trafficking is now a freestanding offense for the first time in federal law.”

“This act also closes what is known as the boyfriend loophole by broadening limits on firearm purchases by people who have abused romantic and intimate partners,” she added. 

Rep. Kelly also spoke about the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act and “why we have to keep working. 

“Just yesterday in Highland Park, we lost six people to gun violence,” she said. “People were there just to enjoy their Independence Day weekend.” The lawmaker added the suspect “tore their worlds apart with a gun.”

According to Kelly, an important aspect of the bill for Chicago is the community violence intervention. 

“We can pass all the laws that we want, but if we don’t invest in our young people, we don’t invest in our neighborhood, if we don’t invest in our communities, those gun laws are not going to mean a whole lot,” she said. “This new law includes a direct $250 million investment in community violence, intervention, funding and investments into many of the programs to curb violence.”

39 people from Highland Park parade shooting treated at area hospitals

A total of 39 people were received at four hospitals from the mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, yesterday, according to an update from Jim Anthony, senior director of public relations at NorthShore University Health System.

They were either transported to the hospital or drove themselves to the hospital, according to Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli, a spokesperson for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. They were injured by gunfire, he said.

The patients were received at hospitals in Highland Park, Evanston, Skokie and Glenbrook, Anthony said.

Anthony said nine patients now remain hospitalized in their health system, and their ages range from 14 to 70s. Four patients are in good condition; another four are in stable condition; and one patient, a 69-year old man, is in critical condition with a gunshot wound at Evanston Hospital, Anthony told CNN. 

Eight of the nine current patients suffered gunshot wounds, according to Anthony.

Of the 39 total patients, 28 patients have been treated and discharged, Anthony said.

An 8-year-old boy was transported to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, and one patient died yesterday while receiving critical care in the Highland Park Hospital Emergency Department, he said.

Woman injured in Highland Park shooting stampede: "It’ll be a long healing process"

Barbara Medina at the parade on Monday with her daughter Caroline, 7, and her son Christian, 12.

Barbara Medina, 46, was injured in the shooting — not by gunfire, but by the stampede.

She was marching in the parade holding the banner for Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) when she heard gunshots ring out. A sea of people rushed toward her, so she dropped the banner, grabbed her 7-year-old daughter, Caroline, and her scooter and ran. She got split up from her 12-year-old son and her father in the chaos.

Medina fled down an alley and noticed her daughter slowing down behind her. She reached back to grab her daughter and help her along, but tripped on her scooter and fell hard on her left arm. She knew immediately it was broken.

“I could see it went the wrong way, and I had to kind of maneuver it back. It was very painful,” she said.

After making it to a stranger’s home, she learned that her son and father were safe and sheltering elsewhere. She borrowed a sling and an ice pack and propped her arm up on some pillows to relieve the pain. Hours later, she went to Skokie Hospital, a non-trauma hospital, to get her arm set, and doctors diagnosed her with a broken proximal radius just below the elbow. She now has a cast from the tips of her fingers to the top of her shoulder and expects to be in a cast for about six to eight weeks.

Her arm is sore but she said she was thankful she and her family weren’t seriously injured.

“I’m more worried for the kids. I’m just grateful that we’re all safe,” she said. “It’ll be a long healing process.”

In the wake of parade mass shooting, McConnell touts bipartisan gun law

In the wake of the mass shooting at the July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did not explicitly say Congress should do more to address gun violence, instead saying that the recently passed bipartisan gun legislation has “targeted the problem,” which he said is mental health.

“I think yesterday’s shooting is another example of what the problem is. The problem is mental health and these young men who seem to be inspired to commit these atrocities. So, I think the bill that we passed targeted the problem. In that particular instance, it was school safety and mental health,” McConnell said.

“We have got to figure out some way to identify these troubled young men, and it’s very complicated because after every one of these shootings there are people that say, ‘Oh, I thought he was pretty strange, I wish I’d notified somebody about it.’ One of the things we did in our bill, although the shooter yesterday was [21], we did open up the juvenile records to do background checks and hopefully that will help us do a better job of identifying people who have these mental problems before they carry out these awful atrocities,” he added

More context: Studies show, however, that people with severe mental illnesses are more than 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population and only about 3% to 5% of violent acts can be attributed to serious mental illness, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

In his prepared remarks at the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Luncheon in Paducah, Kentucky, on Tuesday, McConnell generally referenced recent shootings and the new bipartisan gun legislation, but didn’t specifically speak to the shooting in Highland Park. 

“Recently, in the wake of all of these shootings, I joined both sides in the Senate in passing a bill related to school safety and mental illness,” he said in a speech, “while at the same time not infringing upon anybody’s Second Amendment rights.”

He did address the Illinois parade shooting when asked by a reporter after his speech. 

Doctor waiting for family at parade describes treating gunshot victim moments after shooting began

Dr. Wendy Binstock Rush, an anesthesiologist who was at the Fourth of July parade where the shooting unfolded, said several people with medical training tried to help those who were shot during the event in Highland Park, Illinois.

A suspected gunman killed six people and injured dozens of others when he opened fire into the parade crowd from the roof of a building. Police say the suspected shooter used a “high-powered rifle” to fire more than 70 rounds on Monday.