Mexico City, Mexico — One of the six killed at a Fourth of July parade in the U.S. city of Illinois, was a Mexican national. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) confirmed that a Mexican citizen was one of those killed in the Highland Park, Illinois shooting spree Monday.
On social media, Marcelo Ebrard of the SRE posted “Reyna Torres, Consul of Mexico, informs me that there is a national among those who have lost their lives in the shooting that took place in Chicago. Condolences to family and friends. We stand with the Chicago community in their pain and sadness over this tragedy.
“They also confirm two injured of Mexican origin,” he added.
Roberto Velasco, Head of the North American Unit of the Foreign Ministry, said “unfortunately, we have confirmed a person of Mexican nationality deceased by gunshot in Highland Park, IL. Our sincere condolences to all the people who lost their lives in this attack. Also, there are two wounded of Mexican origin.”
Consul Torres also confirmed that there are two more Mexican nationals among the wounded.
On Monday, six people were killed after a 10:00 a.m. shooting during an Independence Day parade along Central Avenue and 2dn Street in downtown Highland Park. Officials have reported six dead and at least 26 injured in the attack.
Police made an arrest of the alleged gunman Monday evening from U.S. 41 roadway. In a statement, Highland Park police said a “person of interest”, identified as 22-year-old Robert E. Crimo III, had been “taken into custody without incident” from U.S. 41 at Westleigh Road in Lake Forest.
Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office reported that the gunman used “a high-powered rifle” that’s been recovered. The gunman opened fire from a rooftop. “He was very discreet and very difficult to see,” Covelli added, calling the crime “very random, very intentional.”
It appeared that the gunman had used an “unsecured” ladder to climb to the rooftop, Covelli said. Police in Chicago have not provided a possible motive for the attack.