The Fourth of July Parade was an annual tradition for the Dickman brothers, who had lived in Highland Park their whole lives.
The three teens, ages 14 to 19, decided to skip Monday’s parade at the last minute. Their usual location was along the parade route just a block from the shooting scene, initially mistaken for a fireworks, sending parade-goers rushing around 10:14 a.m. Six people were killed and dozens injured.
“I’m still in shock that something like this happened. I can’t imagine how the people who were here yesterday felt,” 15-year-old Justin Dickman told Insider. “I don’t know if there will be a show in Highland Park again.”
City Fourth Festival CanceledThe public is urged to avoid the downtown area.
The Dickman siblings flipped through their photos of young children attending the show, standing right where people were running for their lives from a gunshot wound the day before.
“We took pictures of ourselves when we were kids at every parade, and it’s amazing looking back when we know someone decided to film the show, and that there are hundreds of young kids on their bikes,” Isabella Dickman, 19, told Insider. “There’s been a spirited parade before, and people are just happy to celebrate, and then it turns into a mass shooting.”
Police have identified a person of interest, Robert “Bobby” E. Cremo III, 21, was detained without incident on Monday after a chase that lasted for several hours.
“That was a relief [when they caught him] And only anger, pure anger. “Why would someone do this to our town on a day like this when there are so many innocent civilians and children?” Justin said. Will it resonate with everyone? “
During a news conference on Tuesday, Chris Covelli, a spokesperson for the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, said Cremo was in possession of two rifles and several other firearms, all of which were legally purchased in Cremo’s name. The AR-15 weapon used in the shooting was “a high-powered rifle that fired high-velocity rounds,” Coveli said.
The Highland Park shooting comes on the heels of the shooting in Buffalo, New Yorkand Uvalde, Texas, sparking new calls for nationwide gun control. Less than two weeks ago, President Joe Biden signed the The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act In law, which enacted stricter restrictions on weapons. However, the law fell short of sweeping calls for major reforms, such as Prohibition of assault weapons.
It was a suburb of Chicago Previously Banned Assault Rifles Like AR-15s and AK-47s in 2013. Justin told Insider that lax gun laws threaten communities across the country and lawmakers must witness the carnage.
“If that’s not enough, they should come see what the loose gun laws have done because they’re tearing apart communities, community by community. Every day, I feel like another community has been riven, and now our community is riven,” Justin said.
“It’s crazy to think a mass shooter is in your neighborhood, or five minutes away from you,” Addison Dickman, 14, told Insider. Wasn’t Uvalde the last? We are now here in Highland Park. Then, where would we be? Adults and children shouldn’t lose their lives because they want to do fun things, go to school, or go to the grocery store. It should be safe but it isn’t “.
The Highland Park shooting was just one of the 314 mass shootings in the US so far in 2022.
“Never think your town will be on the list of mass shootings in the United States until it is,” Isabella said. “It doesn’t look real.”