On Monday, President Biden addressed the horrific mass shooting in Highland Park, a Chicago suburb, which left six people dead and 24 more injured.
The president stated, “Jill and I are shocked by this senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day.”
The suspect in the Fourth of July parade shooting, who is still at large as of the time of this writing, has been identified by police. It has been verified that he used a powerful rifle, which has subsequently been found by law authorities.
However, according to reports, police have expanded their manhunt to all of suburban Chicago in order to find the culprit. In order to help with the manhunt, the president has already committed federal assistance.
Robert E. Crimo, a 22-year-old local male, has been identified by police as a person of interest.
Additionally, the assailant reportedly started firing from a rooftop, according to Christopher Covelli, spokesperson for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force.
Covelli was unable to specify which building the gunshot had originated from at the time.
J.B. Pritzker, the governor of Illinois, reportedly attended the Christmas parade.
Biden also pledged to keep battling the pandemic of gun violence on Monday.
Biden also praised the recent passage of a bipartisan package on gun control in the House and Senate, but he noted that politicians still need to do more.
However, it’s noteworthy that at least one tenet of that legislation—expanding background checks on anyone attempting to purchase firearms between the ages of 18 and 21—would not have likely applied to someone like Crimo, who is reportedly 22.