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who is he, why did he do what he did, how did he get access to the guns and is there anyone else? is there anyone else. >> absolutely. all big questions and we'll see if they're answers. julia, thank you so much. and you've been watching a special edition of "the lead." i'm kaitlan collins in for jake tapper and our breaking coverage of the deadly shooting will continue with wolf blitzer in "the situation room." happening now, breaking news. an urgent manhunt underway this hour as police identify a person of interest in the july fourth parade mass shooting in highland park, illinois. just outside of chicago. at least six people are dead and dozens are injured this hour. chilling new eyewitnesses, they're accounts and the details of this brutal, brutal attack. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world, i'm wolf blitzer and this is "the situation room,"
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special report. >> this is cnn breaking news. >> the celebration of america's birthday marred by yet another, another mass shooting here in the united states. and police have just now identified a person of interest in that attack that killed at least six people and injured more than two dozen. cnn's adrianne broadous is on the scene in highland park, illinois. a manhunt is underway right now for the gunman who has just been identified. >> reporter: yes, seven years after the shots rang out here in highland park, we want to get information to the viewers right a way. a suspect name's is robert bobby crimo iii and a 22-year-old male and they believe he's driving a
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2010 silver hyundai with illinois plates d like dog, m like mary and the number 80653. and investigators gave us this information, this latest update about ten minutes ago. they did not tell us what led them to believe this is their person of interest. not saying if they received a tip. not saying whether or not they heard from family members. we know earlier in the day, during one of those updates investigators told us they were looking into weapon that was left behind. trying to find out who manufactured it and who, if anyone, was last legal gun owner. this, after that shooting. a fourth of july parade here in highland park. six people died. five of them here on the scene. if you look behind me, it issing now. you could probably see that. but people left all of their belongings behind as they ran
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for cover. i've been speaking with families throughout the day, we'll hear from them later. but first, this is the severe warning from members of law enforcement at this hour. >> while no one is in custody at this time. a very active apprehension effort is currently underway. individuals with knowledge of the incident, persons of interest and including photo or video evidence from the scene or area are encouraged to share them with the fbi by calling 800-call-fbi. that is 800-call-fbi. regular updates are also being posted on the city website. at >> meanwhile, just moments ago, before we got that update, we heard from a mother who returned to the scene. she said she woke to a text learning her 7-year-old daughter
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who was here at the parade witnessed possibly that shooting. listen in. >> i have to feel like i had a mini heart attack because i woke up to a text saying that we were just involved in a shooting at the parade in highland park, but we're all okay and sofia is okay and it really scared me. >> i'm glad you left the area and again i'm still glad that all of you are okay. i'm so happy for that and he said i'm also very grateful and i told him to give sofia big hugs for me. that could have been her and it just tears me apart to think anybody could -- i don't know who lost their lives today, but for kids to keep losing their lives, it is just really scary, especially as a mother. because that is all you hear about nowadays. >> reporter: meanwhile, again, police have identified a person of interest. that is a 22-year-old male.
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they released the license place. they believe that person has left the area and is driving. if you see anything, investigators want you to know that this person they believe is armed and dangerous. wolf. >> and they identified the suspect as robert e. crimo, iii. 22 years old and he's clearly on the loose. adrianne broadous in highland park for us, thank you very much. we'll bget back to you shortly. senior law enforcement analyst and former police commissioner charles ramsey is joining us. cnn law enforcement analyst and jonathan rackrow is with us and analyst, former fbi deputy director andrew mccabe is with us as well. chief ramsey, how are authorities using the evidence they've collected so far to not only they've identified the suspect, this person of interest, this 22-year-old male, but to actually go ahead and
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find this suspect. >> well, first of all, they've done an if awful lot of work since this took place. apparently they traced the firearm, found the last person that purchased it, that is my understanding, that that person that purchased that assault weapon but also other firearms as well. handguns. that is why they're saying they should consider the individual armed and dangerous. right now i'm sure they've got teams out combing the area. secret -- not secret service, but atf. highland police and sheriff and you name it they have formed into teams and they're going everywhere they believe this person could possibly be and right now since they have a tag, a license tag as well as a vehicle, that is being flashed on highways in the tri-state area i'm sure. trying to get their hands on this guy. because, remember, tonight is fireworks in a lot of locations. he's still not in custody. so they're trying to grab him as quickly as possible. >> that is certainly priority
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number one. andrew mccabe, you're the former fbi deputy director. tell us what else is going on behind the scenes as authorities try to locate this individual, this suspect because we know the fbi is deeply involved right now, right? >> absolutely. wolf, we've heard that from the beginning of this horrible tragedy. so what the bureau is doing is kind of pushing out in a bunch of different directions. the first is they have analysts and folks in the office who are scouring any sign of social media that this person might have been involved with. it could provide some sort of a tip to associates or locations or things like that that should be checked. they're absolutely talking to his family members and anybody, any folks that he might live with, friends, maybe work associates, anyone that could possibly connect to this guy, they'll be talking to. both to see if any folks might be helping him but also to get leads as to where they think he might have gone. and then finally identifying
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what we call facilities. those are email accounts, social media accounts, telephone numbers, things like that. and they'll look at electronic surveillance of those facilities to see if this guy pops his head up, makes a phone call, sends an email or a text to someone like that that might give some sort of a indication of where he is. or that could be used to locate him through cell towers. there is a lot of work going on. >> as you know, jonathan, the law enforcement authorities on the scene right now, they just said they're shortly going to put out a photo or photos of the suspect. how important is that for the manhunt? >> well this is going to be critical, wolf. because what law enforcement is doing is, as their running the investigative process, they actually need the public's help. and think that is why and i don't know if we have the number, but we've heard from law enforcement on the ground that their asking the public to identify if they have seen
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anything, seen this suspect. the photo and the description of the is really going to help. 800-call-fbi. 225-534 and to help capture the suspect is critical. >> and chief ramsey, we know the authorities want as much information out there as possible. to locate this suspect right now. they want the news media to keep mentioning his name, robert e. crimo, iii, 22 years old and they're releasing this picture because they do need the public's help in locating this individual, right? >> yeah. there is no question about that. and that photo should be coming out fairly soon. remember, during the boston bombing what really led to the apprehension of the individuals was when they put the picture out. it is critically important. that they get as much information out as possible to the public. someone, somewhere, will spot
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him. and lead authorities to him to make an arrest, hopefully. >> and andrew mccabe, police say and they just said they're making what they call significant progress in the investigation. but aren't revealing everything that they're learning, at least not yet. what is the strategy behind keeping some of that information confidential? >> well, it is a very delicate balance, wolf. you want to be able to do some of your investigative steps covertly, because you don't want the subject to know if you've developed information like a place that he stays with his girlfriend or a friend's house or things like that. you want to be able to set up covert locations where he might set up but as chief and jonathan mentioned, you want to crowd source the identification of this guy. that is where you put the photographs out and ask for calls to that number that jonathan just put out. so you really -- they're trying to do both things at same time to give us information to work
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the crowd source angle and keep back those very important investigative details to give the investigators a leg up on where it guy might go next. >> you know, jonathan, they clearly, they obviously want to find this suspect as quickly as possible. they're saying he's armed and dangerous. what kind of time window, time frame are authorities working in right now? >> well it is a hurry-up offense here, wolf. when you put out that somebody is armed and dangerous, law enforcement is working as quick as possible to try to get this individual into custody. they're using they're investigative process aided by the public to try to get it to contain the threat. something to just jump back on what andy said a moment ago is really looking into the investigative process, a 22-year-old male probably has a very big digital footprint online and that social media, blog posting, youtube,
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investigators are coming through all of that information and get information on where this person may be going and who may be aiding him and who he may be reaching out to and monitoring all of those facilities as well. so again, there is a lot of different aspects of the investigation. in addition to the crime scene itself which law enforcement has to continue to process and it will probably take through the evening to clear the site. >> they clearly need to find the suspect as quickly as possible. robert e. crimo, iii, 22 years old. chief ramsey, thank you very much and jonathan and andrew, thank you to both of you as well. arms and very dangerous. that is what they describe this suspect as. we now know identity of a person of interest in this horrific mass shooting. in highland park, illinois. we have brand-new reporting straight ahead on what forward authorities are doing to hunt him down. stay with us here in "the situation room."
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highland park, illinois, today, that killed six people and injured dozens. tonight federal officials are helping with the investigation. evan evan perez, tell us what you're learning. >> reporter: right now the fbi is trying to help the local authorities there collect as much evidence as possible including from witness videos, which is likely going to be key in trying to salvage how this went down. everything that happened. one of the things that the fbi is doing there right now is helping the local authorities gather as much video evidence from vurz cameras. this is a location of where the shooting took place today, it is a commercial district so you could bet there is going to be a ton of surveillance videos that the fbi could help the local investigators go through process, trying to figure out if they could find this suspect when he first arrived there, whether there is any sign that
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he may have come in the last few days to case the location. you know, to see how much planning went into these events that went down today. the fbi setting up a page, park is where they want the public to upload any pictures or video or anything they have from the scene today that could be helpful for the investigation going forward. wolf, obviously the top priority now is to try to find this person, to arrest the person. bring them in and make sure there is no more harm brought to anybody else in the community. the fbi obviously is going to be helpful with that. we know that president earlier this afternoon, wolf, said that he was surging federal resources to help with this investigation. that includes having the atf help trace the firearm, the long gun that was left behind, it
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appears to have been the firearm that was used from that rooftop perch shooting down at the victims there on the parade route. obviously the justice department has a lot of resources including the u.s. marshal. i haven't heard whether they've been brought in to help, wolf. but you know that they are specialists. they are tracking down people and so you have to bet that they will be brought -- they will be brought in to help try to find this suspect. >> woe know the federal government is deeply involved in this manhunt. thank you very much. the fbi and atv very much involved. our breaking news coverage continues strait ahead. people ran for cover after the gunman opened fire and there were children among the injuries. we have details just ahead. stay with us. you're in "the situation room." when you have tetechnology that's easier to control...
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and it stays off. (soft music) more now on the breaking news. a person of interest just identified by police in highland park, illinois. why a gunman shot and killed and injured people at the july 4th parade. tonight we're learning more about the victims. cnn national correspondent brin bin grass has more. >> five of the victims that were killed, there is a total of six, were found dead there on the scene. all of them have been identified and now they're working to get in touch with family members to let them know about this.
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but all of them were also adults. one person was transported to the hospital and died there at the hospital. it was unclear by the coroner the age of that person. so also within the past about 45 minutes or so, we got an update from north shore highland park hospital, which there is three hospitals where parents were brought to but they received the most of the victims and they tell us 26 patients came in to their hospital, all but one of them had gunshot wounds and they varied from limbs, they varied from the abdomen, all over to different parts, some of them were critical but if there is any encouraging news, most of them, 19, we're told by the doctors there, were treated and then discharged from the hospital. so that gives you kind of a sense of what they were dealing with in the immediate aftermath of this shooting. the ages of those victims range from 8 years old to 85 years old. again we're talking about the gunshot wound victims and others who arrived at this one sing lal
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hospital in that area and out of that total about four or five of them were children. so this gives you a sense of what they were dealing with in the aftermath. the doctors say that they went immediately into a code yellow. i was talking to hospital officials who said that they brought in trauma surgeons, and regular surgeons and nurses within half an hour. they were just flooded with that area trying to help out all of those who needed help and they were actually really helped out by the people there that helped each other there on the scene. paramedics say there were people applying tourniquets trying to help those with injuries. and hear from a nurse because this is something that they say they practice for, these sort of trauma situations, mass level casualties. i want you to hear how they reacted to this. >> multiple nurses taking care of one patient at a time. because there are family members, emotional support is needed. advanced trauma care, advanced emergency care. >> reporter: and of course that care is going to continue now into the evening, wolf.
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again, six people killed in this horrific shooting. all of them at the scene, five have been identified and now officials are doing that painstakingly horrible, horrific task of getting in touch with family members. >> and once the family members will be notified they'll release publicly the names. >> yeah. exactly. >> brin, we'll stay in close touch with you. heartbreaking story indeed. let's bring back our law enforcement experts. chief ramsey, police say the suspect apparently fired from a rooftop. does that tell you anything about the gunman's level of preparation and his potential capabilities? >> yeah. i mean, he apparently scouted this out before. there is a lader that leads to the roof of this particular business so he had been there before no doubt. took a look at it. and knew that was the site to set up. it is a sniper, it what he was.
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and he picked off people, helpless people in the crowd. so, you know, this is a person who obviously needs to be captured, needs to be captured as soon as possible. i'm sure the police have already visited every site that they believe he may be in right now that they know of anyway since they've identified him and now they're asking for the public's help. >> yeah. random shooting because elderly people were shot, kids were shot, horrible situation on this july 4th here in the united states. andrew mccabe, police say the shooting does appear to be random, not investigated as terrorism. how could officials rule out potential motives at this early stage? >> well, you really can't, wolf. and unfortunately we have so many mass shootings to compare this to. just in the last few months. in some cases, like the shooting in the grocery store in buffalo, the racial motivation was imminently obvious from the very
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beginning. so cases like that, it is easier for authorities to understand what the motive is at the beginning of the investigation. in other cases you have to do some work. you have to find this person and look through any evidence they might have left, writings they might have left, messages with other people, talk to friends and associates and what motivated them to do such a horrific thing. so it is really, they're not -- when they say they don't believe it is terrorism, it probably reflected the fact that they don't have any solid evidence that it is terrorism. but in terms of ruling anything out, i think it is premature. >> i think you're right. jonathan, how much danger does this person of interest pose to the general public right now as long as he's still at large? >> well, it poses significant danger, wolf. he killed and murdered six people earlier today and wounded dozens others. he's an unmitigated threat out there in the community. but let's give the benefit to
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law enforcement. they worked very quickly to identify who he is. they know that network of potential support that he may be trying to leverage as he's on the run right now. and i mean, listen, i think it is a matter of time that this individual news custody of the police. and they're closing in very quickly. and i think what we have to look at, though, is when we think about those motives and we have to think about this pathway to violence of this individual. because that is going to be a key factor in will this individual lash out again at any of the other public events on this holiday this evening. what is his motive right now. is it to create as much harm around the community as possible and i think that investigators are quickly looking into his past to look at potential grievances, violent ideas and other aspects and key indicators of what he will do next. that is why it is so critical that we mitigate this threat
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right away. >> i want all of to you stand by. much more on all of the breaking news coming up. just ahead, president biden is also expressing shock at the latest mass shooting here in the united states. as the nation grapples with an epidemic of gun violence. we'll go live to the white house right after this. with multimatic shocks, rugged 33-inch tires, and front and rear electronic locking differentials. dude, this is awesome... but we should get back to work. ♪ ♪ this good? perfect. if you're gonna work remote... work remote. find new workspaces. find new roads. chevrolet. mission control, we are go for launch. ♪ um, she's eating the rocket. ♪ lunchables! built to be eaten. ♪
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police have just released a photo of the suspect, what they're calling a person of interest in this mass shooting in highland park, illinois. six people shot and killed. here is the picture of the individual identified by local law enforcement authorities as
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robert e. crimo, c-r-i-m-o and he is 22 on on the loose and described as armed and dangerous. if you see this individual or know this individual, or you have information this is what you need to do. you either call the fbi at 800-call-fbi. or go online to park with any information you may have about the person of interest, the suspect robert e. crimo iii. take a look at this picture. if you see this individual, rememberez considered to be armed and dangerous. so be very, very careful. all of this unfolding as president biden now saying that he and the first lady are shocked like so many of us by the senseless gun violence that has killed six innocent wonderful people in highland park, illinois. let's go to our senior white house correspondent phil mattingly. phil, tell us what the president
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said. >> reporter: bilpresident bidens spoken to the governor of illinois and the mayor of highland park, pledging all of the resources the federal government could provide as they work through this very trying moment and also most importantly a surge in federal law enforcement as the manhunt continues. the president also gathering today on the south lawn to celebrate the fourth of july alluding to the shooting that occurred a few hours prior. take a listen. >> before i left tor europe, i signed a law, the first real gun safety law in 30 years. [ cheering and applause ] and things will get better still, but not without more hard work together. you all heard what happened, you all heard what happened today. and each day we're reminded there is nothing guaranteed about any democracy, nothing guaranteed about our way of life
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and we have to fight for it and earn it by voting, to refine and evolve and extend a calling of america to move forward boldly and unafraid. >> wolf, the president referencing the most substantive gun reform legislation to pass and he signed into law in more than 30 years, legislation that was put together in the wake of two other mass shootings. this type of situation, the president has dealt with so many times in his first 18 months in office. president making clear as he continues to monitor the situation from today, he believes more work needs to be done when it comes to gun safety. wolf. >> gup violence in the united states, obviously a horrible, horrible situation according to gun violence archive more than 300 mass shootings in the u.s. so far this year alone. phil mattingly at the white house. thank you very much. let's turn to congressman from the state of texas, which of course is still shaken from the massacre in uvalde, democrat collin alred is outspoken.
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and he's joining us now. congressman, thank you for joining us. i know your home state of texas just suffered this terrible massacre if uvalde, what is your reaction to another community being shattered by a horrific mass shooting? >> well, good afternoon, wolf. it is just terrible. and what we're seeing is, we're being denied the ability as americans for us to gather anywhere in any numbers with any feeling of safety. whether that is a fourth of july parade or dropping our kids off at school or going to our place of worship. everywhere we gather is now becoming a target for the mass shootings. and as a responsible government, as a country, it is the greatest one in the world, we have to make these places safe. we have two years where we were separate and couldn't come together and now they're doing it under the fear that something like this may happen. >> and on july fourth, a day of independence, we celebrate our in dependence and it is supposed
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to be a happy day and all of a sudden there is a mass shooting like this. what does it say about gun violence in our country, congressman, that a mass shooting could tear apart almost any community at any time even on the fourth of july? >> right. this is one of the safest communities in the country, wolf. and it is still happened here. it could happen anywhere in the united states. and so we obviously have more work to do. the president was right to point to the first time in 30 years that we've passed substantive gun control legislation to try to do something about this epicenter that we're waiting. but we obviously will have to keep pushing. it makes no sense to me for example that the liability shield is still in place for the gun manufacturers. i think we've passed that in 2005. they're now entirely shielded from any kind of civil liability. with the supreme court recent ruling, that may be one of the only avenues we could go down to find some way to make our streets and places of gathering
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anywhere where folks are any safer. >> the governor pritzker of illinois is speaking right now at a news conference. i want to listen in. stand by. >> sure. >> -- our troopers will continue the investigation and search until the job is done. to the residents of highland park and surrounding communities, this murderer will be brought to justice. but until that happens, please follow instructions from local authorities on how best to keep you and your family safe and please know that every resource at the state's disposal will be available to you in the days and week as head as you recover from this horrific tragedy. a little while ago, i spoke with president biden who pledged all support the white house can provide. the president agrees with me, this madness must stop. this morning a gunman opened
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fire on a july 4th parade in highland park, taking six innocent lives, leaving at least 24 people in the hospital, traumatizing countless children and families and shattering the peace of this community. the families of six individuals woke up today to join a community celebration of our nation's independence. they will go to bed tonight less than whole. there are no words for the kind of evil that shows up at a public celebration of freedom, hides on a roof and shoots innocent people with an assault rifle. there are no words i can offer to lessen the pain of those families who will no longer associate the fourth of july with celebration but instead with grief. please know that our state grieves with you. that mk and i and our family
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grieve with you. it is devastating that a celebration of america was ripped apart by our uniquely american plague. a day dedicated to freedom has put into stark relief the one freedom we as a nation refuse to uphold, the freedom of our fe fellow citizens to live without the daily fear of gun violence. you know what i love about fourth of july? we celebrate the founding of this wonderful nation by gathering with family and friends and enjoying parades and fireworks. our cameras on days like this are filled with messy faces and reckless smiles and pretty sunsets an an effort to bottle up that unique feeling of sun-filled joy. that is what evil took from us today. that is what gun violence robs us of. no matter the neighborhood or
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the city it erupts in. if you're angry today, i'm here to tell you be angry. i'm furious. i'm furious that yet more innocent lives were taken by gun violence. and i'm furious that their loved ones are forever broken by what took place today. i'm furious that children and their families have been traumatized. i'm furious that this is happening in communities all across illinois and america. i'm furious because it does not have to be this way. and yet we as a nation, well, we continue to allow this to happen. while we celebrate the fourth of july, just once a year, mass shootings have become a weekly, yes weekly, american tradition. there are going to be people who say that today is not the day. that now is not the time. to talk about guns. i'm telling you, there is no
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better day and no better time than right here and right now. it is the fourth of july. a day for reflection on our freedoms. our founders carried muskets, not assault weapons. and i don't think a single one of them would have said that you have a constitutional right to an assault weapon with a high-capacity magazine. or that that is more important than the right of the people who attended this parade today to live. yes, i'm angry. we as a nation deserve better. let us pray for the injured and those who are still in the hospital tonight. and may the memory of those we lost today be a blessing and a call to action. i want to turn the podium over to our senator tammy duckworth.
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>> thank you, mr. governor. this morning, i got up, like most americans, like the families of the six who were killed, to celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. those six families no longer have that opportunity. my heart goes out to those families who will never see their loved ones again. and i've made it clear to both governor pritzker and the mayor that i would do whatever i could at the federal level to get them the resources they need not just to catch a shooter but to help highland park recover from this tragedy. i was just on the phone with senator durbin who is driving here as quickly as he possibly can to come to highland park. and he also sends his condolences and his thoughts and
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you know he and i recently in the senate last month proved that bipartisan compromise on gun safety is possible. today we have seen that we can't just stop there. we have to do more to keep our community safe. we have to get rid of assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and so many other additional common sense reforms that wide majority of americans are crying out for. and so today i will go home and hug my babies a little tighter. and be grateful that they are safe. but i think about the babies and the families who lost moms and dads and grandparents today. and we must and must do more. i just listened to the sound of that gunfire from one of the videos that was captured. and let me tell you that the last time i heard a weapon with that capacity firing that
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rapidly on a fourth of july was iraq. it was not the united states of america. we can and we should and we will do better. so i just want to thank the mayor for everything that she's done. the president sends -- he gave me a call as well. the white house did. and we also just spoke to the secretary of homeland security who also have pledged to send all of the resources that we need. with that i'm going to turn this back over to governor pritzker. >> i could take a couple o f questions. >> so there is not an update right now. so give us a little time to have our officers and detectives and continue their work. we're working diligently and as
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hard as we can. these things move very, very quickly and a lot of information is coming in rapidly. we're trying to start through what is credible and not credible in our pursuit of the person of interest. so nothing new as we stand here but as soon as we know something new, we'll drabring it to. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> so there you have it. very strong, very powerful words from governor j.b. pritzker of illinois and from senator tammy duckworth also from illinois. the anguish, the horror, it is really hard to believe that this is still happening in our country right now. this murderer will be brought to justice, governor pritzker said. this madness must stop. and he told everyone watching right now, be angry. be angry. those were his words. and we just heard once again put up on the screen, the image, the picture of this person of interest. there he is. robert e. crimo, c-r-i-m-o iii,
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this is the person they're looking for. they consider him to be armed an dangerous. they say he's 22 years old and believe he was responsible for this mass killing in highland park illinois, a commun communion very well. i got relatives, been there many times over the years, beautiful community outside of chicago, so devastating to see what's going on in highland park illinois, just weeks ago, my hometown of buffalo, new york witnessed a mass madder. especially, as, i say, very personal for me, whether highland park illinois or buffalo, new york. it's an awful situation and representative collin still with us, democrat of texas who has been very much involved in this sensitive issue of guns in america. what's your reaction to what we heard from the governor and
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senator, congressman? >> i was struck by, you know, senator duckworth saying she would know well, the last time she heard gunfire of that capacity was when she was in iraq and now we're seeing it in a weekly basis ringing out in streets across the united states. you know, this, you hear, of course, in almost every single one of these shootings and i'm not sure it's been identified in this one, the ar-15, the prevalence of it, so attractive to these mass shooters. we clearly have to address something around this and i'm proud of the vote i took recently on gun safety, first time in 30 years on breaking the ice, getting something done in a bipartisan fashion and we can't stop here, wolf, it's personal to you, but personal every week to a community in the united states, it becomes personal,
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thinking what you would do if you were there at a parade with your children. i got a three and one-year-old, when my wife and i consider going to a parade we think about what happens if this occurs? that's the kind of conversations americans are having on a weekly basis right now. >> and i think it's fair to say, only in america, correct me if i'm wrong, is it so easy for an individual to go out there and purchase and get an assault weapon that can kill so many people along these lines. is that right? >> yeah. >> yes, and, well, at least the prevalence of it and the ability to get it with such little, you know, kind of preclearance. and we see so many of these being sold here in the united states, being marketed. the marketing around it, i think, is completely irresponsible. and that's why i mention dealing with the civil liability shield that these gun manufacturers were granted in 2005 by the congress because every other field of products liability if
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there was a product in the united states causing this much carnage, this much carnage, it would be subject to civil litigation. it would have lawsuits brought around the way it was marketed, the way it was kept safe, around who they were targeting, who was getting their hands on it. that has not occurred because the gun manufacturers are shielded by a law from congress from liability. we can also undo that shield and i think we should. >> all right, congressman, thank you so much for all you're doing. thank you so much for joining us. once again, i wish we were meeting under different circumstances. a horrific other mass shooting this time in highland park, illinois, outside of chicago. for all the latest on the investigation into the deadly mass shooting, i want to check in with cnn's bryan todd joining us from the magic wall in the "the situation room." update our viewers. >> we want to give viewers an idea of the key active areas when the shooting started. highland park, you mentioned a suburb north of chicago, 25 miles due north of downtown
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chicago, but let's go to the parade route where we can pinpoint key activity according to witness accounts and official counts of what happened today, first the parade route according to the city's website was to start here, to go north, turn left, head west on central avenue, go all the way down and then end at sunset woods park there, but what we can tell you from witness accounts, telling us that some of the key activity occurred in this area here. now we have to stress, these are witness accounts, not always accurate and that officials have not formally discussed the exact location of where they believe the shooter was, but according to one witness named jeff leon says he was sitenting in front a store called the blue mercury, he believes the shooter was across the street from him or catty corn after. another witness called zoe told cnn when police were clearing the area, got them into the
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store called gearhead out fitters, used to be called uncle dan's, this is where police took them for safety. near the original pancake house, we can tell you, some key activity is here and here's some aerial video of the area we're talking about. see that here, the blue mercury, where the one witness, leon said he was sitting. there are buildings across the street here. another official told us, wolf, that the shooter had access to a building through an unsecured ladder in an alley. that's the only other clue we have right now as to kind of how the shooter got up to possibly get to one of these rooftops there. you see the rooftops there where all of this activity could have been taking place but this area here near the blue mercury store is a key focus for where investigators are looking for where the shooter would have been. >> all right, brian, we'll stay in close touch with you here, the breaking news in the "the
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happening now, breaking news. police released a name and picture of the young man, 22 years old, they call a person of interest on the deadly july 4th parade mass shooting in highland park, illinois. the horrifying holiday attack leaving six wonderful people dead and dozens injured. welcome to our viewers in the un


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