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The right-wing extremist website Breitbart.com covered Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s angry response to the mass murder at a July 4th parade today that left six dead and 19 wounded in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park.
It began with straight news coverage of Pritzker’s remarks.
“Grief will not bring the victims back, and prayers alone will not put a stop to the terror of rampant gun violence in our country,” Pritzker said. “I will stand firm with Illinoisans and Americans: we must – and we will – end this plague of gun violence.”
That apparently was offensive enough to Breitbart editors that they ignored the Right’s “now is not the time to politicize this tragedy” trope invoked after countless acts of gun violence. In fact, Breitbart wasn’t about to let taste or respect for the grieving, shattered community get in its way.
“As Breitbart News previously reported, the local jurisdiction of Highland Park already “banned ‘assault weapons’ and magazines with more than ten rounds of ammunition” and that the “U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the law in 2015.” Legal analyst Ken Klukowski of Breitbart News wrote at the time of the decision that Highland Park ‘has a long track record of opposing citizens exercising the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms’ through the banning of so-called ‘assault weapons.’
“Assault weapons are not an actual class of firearms,” Klukowski argued. “The term is often confused with ‘assault rifles,’ which are a class of firearms. But for most such bans, ‘assault weapons’ excludes some types of assault rifles and includes guns that are not assault rifles.”
Also, with no sense of shame or irony, Breitbart took a strange dig at the Illinois governor.
“Pritzker concluded his statement with a call to end the “terror of rampant gun violence in our country” while stopping short of any gun control policy prescriptions.”
As if Breitbart would cover them if he had.
The "person of interest" in the Highland Park shooting, Robert Crimo III, was caught in north Chicago on Highway 41 after an officer spotted the car following the all-points bulletin that went out to the area.
During a 6:30 p.m. CDT briefing by police, the officer called for backup and attempted to initiate a traffic stop of Mr. Crimo. He took off and the officer took chase, with others who also moved in to stop him. They were able to get him stopped and make the arrest without incident.
Helicopter footage is showing police searching the vehicle, presumably looking for more possible weaponry.
A former police chief told MSNBC said that they will likely double-check fingerprints on the weapon recovered and check those with the person arrested. If those match they can officially declare him the "suspect."
The restrictions of the neighborhood have been lightened, reporters on the ground explained. People living in the area have been able to get back into their homes if they were away from the area or move from where they were sheltering in place.
You can learn more about Mr. Crimo here. You can see a video captured by an observer below:
\u201cBREAKING: New video in showing the apparent arrest of Crimo in Lake Forest. \ud83c\udfa5: Ryan Lerman\n@ABC7Chicago\u201d— Tre Ward ABC 7 (@Tre Ward ABC 7) 1656961803
More videos are being posted on social media showing a chaotic and frightening scene at a Highland Park Independence Day parade. While most were fleeing the scene, Dr. David Baum was running toward those falling.
"All of a sudden, you heard these Howitzer-type noises going off. Immediately people started screaming ‘Bodies down, shooter,’ and they all started scattering," he said.
"I told my family to run,” Baum recalled. He stayed, however, holding his location until the gunfire stopped. "Then I kind of just stuck around until I thought maybe, maybe there was no longer the threat."
“There were six bodies that were immediately assessed to be dead," he explained, describing them as "literally blown up by these bullets."
Police said during a briefing that the weapon recovered on the rooftop was a "high-powered rifle." They also reported that five were dead at the scene, but a sixth died at the hospital. Others were hit in their arms and legs.
"I saw horrific, devastating injuries, the kind that you normally see in a war," Dr. Baum continued.
He continued helping other emergency responders as those with injuries continued to seek medical attention.
“I don't think I need to describe the horrific nature of what the bullets did to those bodies, but it was horrific,” said Baum of the injuries. “As a physician for 33 years, blood doesn't bother me. But seeing people's heads blown up, and bodies eviscerated, would be disturbing to anyone who was there besides maybe a physician.”
"I do not want to be out there as anything other than, like, a physician who did not run for his life," Baum explained. "This is not hero stuff I did. The only thing I didn't do was run away."