United States: The killer disguised as a woman

The young man fired more than 70 times into the crowd, killing six adults and wounding at least 30 people.

Police in the small town near Chicago said yesterday that the suspect in the National Day festivities murders in Highland Park had been planning his attack for “weeks” and disguised himself as a woman to avoid being identified.

Christopher Coveli, a police official, said at a news conference that Robert Cremo, 21, used a “powerful AR-15-like rifle” to apparently randomly shoot July 4 participants in the July 4 parade from the rooftop of a supermarket. “We believe he has been planning this attack for weeks,” he said.

He said he was “dressed as a woman” to conceal his identity, and may have been wearing a long hair wig to hide the tattoos on his face, adding that he then dropped his gun and mingled with the crowd fleeing the show.

The young man fired more than 70 times into the crowd, killing six adults and wounding at least 30 people.

Yesterday morning, police were still blocking the main street of this affluent suburb of Chicago, frozen in the first moments of the shooting.

Stroller, tricycle, foldable chairs: The amount of objects left around the scene of the tragedy testifies to the chaos caused by Monday’s gunshots.

“It’s my destiny”

Dr. David Bohm, a physician involved in rescue operations at the site, testified to the atrocity of the attack.

“The horrific sight of some dead bodies is unbearable for an ordinary person,” he told CNN, referring to the victims “exploding” or “devoured” by bullets.

Coveli, who was originally from a small town near Haywood, said the shooter was identified thanks to surveillance videos and the tracking of the gun he legally purchased.

Police arrested him on Monday after he posted a photo of a skinny young man with a tattoo on his face.

He did not explain his behavior but a video posted eight months ago shows a young man in a bedroom and classroom with posters of the shooter and people being shot.

It has a voiceover: “I just want to do this,” then “It’s my destiny. Everything led me to this. Nothing could stop me, not even myself.”

Archived photos appear on the suspect’s Twitter account in private with the flag of support for former Republican President Donald Trump on his back.

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