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A father covered his 2-year-old son with his body in the Chicago shooting, the mother also died in the attack

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A 2-year-old toddler found bloodied and alone during the Highland Park parade shooting was orphaned after his parents were killed in the massacre. Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among seven people killed during the July 4 parade.

The boy is one of 39 people injured in the Highland Park shooting near Chicago on Monday, July 4.

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In a press conference, Lake (Illinois, USA) prosecutor Eric Rinehart announced that the 21-year-old suspect, Robert Crimo will face seven counts of first degree murder – one for each fatality– and that more charges will be filed in the coming days in relation to the 39 people injured.

Aiden McCarthy was found by Lauren Silva, 38, of Deerfield, and her boyfriend after hearing gunshots as they headed to breakfast at the Walker Bros. restaurant. Silva told the Daily Beast that they left a parking lot just blocks from the shooting just when the violence began to develop. “We were opening the door to go upstairs and we heard it … boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,” she told the American media. “And it sounded like someone was banging on the glass doors.”

Abandoned chairs and belongings at the scene of a mass shooting at a Fourth of July Parade in downtown Highland Park, Ill., on July 5, 2022. Robert Crimo, 21, whose family lives in Highwood, just north of Highland Park, where the shooting occurred, was charged in the deaths of seven people. (Photo by MAX HERMAN / AFP) Photo: AFP

Silva, her boyfriend and their son started to run towards the wounded, when suddenly, her boyfriend pushed the boy into his arms. “My boyfriend handed this little boy over to me and said he was under this dad who got shot in the leg,” she told the Daily Beast. “They were trying to stop the bleeding, so I took the kid down to the garage.” Once inside the garage, she managed to clean his scrapes and wash off the blood. She said that he was wearing only one shoe and that the sock was covered in blood. “He kept asking about her mom and her dad,” she said.

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Aiden has now been placed in the care of his grandparents.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Aiden’s family ‘raise, care for and support him’. The account has already raised more than $79,000.

Six of the seven people who died in the shooting have been identified. They are Steve Strauss, 88; Katherine Baldstein, 64; Jackie Sondheim, 63; Nicholas Toledo Saragossa, 78; and husbands Irina and Kevin McCarthy, 35 and 37 years old.

What is Crimo up against?

The state of Illinois, where the town of Highland Park is located, where the shooting took place, does not have the death penalty, and if the suspect is found guilty of all seven counts of murder, the law requires that the penalty be the life in prison without the possibility of parole, the prosecutor said.

Originally from Highwood, a small nearby town, Roberto E. Crimo III, the shooter, was identified from surveillance video and the trace of the gun he had purchased legally, said Christopher Covelli, a police officer. He was arrested on Monday and for the moment has not revealed the motive.

According to the police, the young man attempted suicide in April 2019 and was under medical treatment.

In September 2019, some agents went to his house after being alerted that he was threatening to “kill everyone”.

At that time the police seized 16 knives, a dagger and a sword. He was not arrested because no one filed a complaint against him, Cavelli stressed.

In a video posted eight months ago, a young man, believed to be Robert Crimo, is seen in a room and classroom with posters of a gunman shooting people. And an audio recorded comment: “I need to do it”, “it’s my destiny. Everything has led me to this. Nothing can stop me, not even me.”

Also on Tuesday, Highland Park Police – which is north of Chicago, in Lake County – revealed that Crimo spent weeks planning the shooting, and that he disguised himself in women’s clothing so as not to arouse suspicion during his escape.

The man was arrested hours after the attack, after a brief chase without incident.

Investigators have confirmed that the suspect purchased the gun in the shooting, a high-caliber rifle, legally, and that he also had other firearms, which he also legally acquired.

Crimo allegedly climbed onto a rooftop near an Independence Day parade and fired indiscriminately more than 70 times into the crowd.. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso

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