Late Monday, police arrested a suspect in a shooting that killed six people at a July 4th Independence Day parade in the US state of Illinois. At least 24 people were wounded in the shooting, which happened earlier Monday in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park.
Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen said the suspect is 22-year-old Robert E. Crimo III. Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Liam Hendriks reacted to the mass shooting in Illinois. He believes that something should be done about such things.
It is obvious that there are more and more shootings and deaths in the USA, and someone would have to react to prevent similar situations. "Something needs to be done. Something needs to happen because there’s way too many people losing their lives," Hendricks said, as quoted by washingtonexaminer.
"It’s not only about the people that lose their lives. The families of that. It's the tragedy they go through, the entire community when people are concerned about leaving the house, concerned about doing the day-to-day things of going to work or any number of these things."
"There’s a lot of things that are good over here, but you look at the negatives," the Australian native said. "I had to take a driving test when I was over here. I won’t have to take a test if I want to get a gun.
That’s stupid. Whoever thought that was a great idea is an idiot." The Chicago White Sox also expressed their condolences; "Our hearts are with the Highland Park community," the team wrote in a statement on Monday.
"The entire Chicago White Sox organization expresses our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the innocent victims of today's horrific shooting and all of those who have been affected by this tragedy."
Joe Biden reaction
President Joe Biden reacted: "Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day. As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene.
I have spoken to Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering, and have offered the full support of the Federal government to their communities. I also surged Federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who remains at large at this time.
Members of the community should follow guidance from leadership on the ground, and I will monitor closely as we learn more about those whose lives have been lost and pray for those who are in the hospital with grievous injuries.
I recently signed the first major bipartisan gun reform legislation in almost thirty years into law, which includes actions that will save lives. But there is much more work to do, and I’m not going to give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence."